name: Michal
surname: Kocourek
year of birth: 1992
country: Czech republic


Happy face by Michal-Kocourek

Happy face
by Michal-Kocourek


Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing since I was young, eversince I can remember. When (if ever) it became a real art is for others to decide.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Everything of course. From dreams and movies to random structures on a damaged wall. My personal problems are also a great source of inspiration. I absorb it all and try to reform it, deform it or rethink it inside me. And then let it out through colours. But quite often I also work automatically, following nothing but an atmosphere of the moment.

Q3: What are your techniques?
Right now it is mostly digital painting, occasionally charcoal or oil. But my dream is to do the large scale oil paintings.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
For me it is quite personal matter and I don’t really want my viewer to know what exactly I had in mind. I am trying to make the viewer think for himself, not accept my ideas. I want people to contemplate my paintings – and maybe feel a bit uneasy.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Well, it changes from time to time. But since I spent quite a lot of time working with charcoal – and therefore just in black and white – colours are a bit of a problem. I’ve been using colours for about two years now so I am still in the phase of experiments.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything. One can always get better and I am never satisfied with my paintings.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Sure. I am a dreamer, my head is always full of plans. You will see!

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Michal-Kocourek.
Symbol. Deformation. Contemplation.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Even if I could I probably wouldn’t do that. As I mentioned before – I am never satisfied with my work and about once a year I go crazy and destroy most of it (or at least remove it from the internet). But should we talk about one of the first things that resembles what I do now, it would probably be The wax crown HERE. The person in the picture wears a wax crown – the symbol of fleeting and imaginary power that only blinds him. He is smiling – unaware that he is naked, his companion is a demon and his cup is filled with worms. There is a reason why the demon companion isn’t really scary or hideous. He is just a symbol. The real evil in the picture is the crown – human ignorance. And it is charcoal on paper.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
A lot since the first one I hope – it is about seventeen years after all. And since wax crown it is for example the technique that has changed. Now I do mostly digital painting.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art gives a meaning to my life. It is my drug I might say. It also enables me to aim my anger somewhere else than at other people. It helps me deal with my problems the way that might inspire others instead of harming them.

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