Interview with Wojciech Kołacz

We’re pleased to announce our guest today: Polish artist Wojciech Kołacz aka. Otecki.

He loves spending his time with his printing press, being creative until it’s time for sleep. Or cruising his bike in the sunset…

But else did he have to tell us about his art and work?

Read on!

Why and when did you start making art?
I have been drawing since I was a kid. I think I never stopped doing creative things and always enjoyed it. So it’s hard to say when and why I started. I decided to be professional artist few years ago because I just know I should do it.

What kind of art do you make?
My profession is printmaker, so I do some prints and teach people how to do this.
My art?
I make figurative art. Something between illustration and painting. I want it to be aesthetic but first authentic. I do monumental paintings – murals, contemporary craft and sometimes design. I work as a streetartist under pseudonym Otecki. Since 2009 I have been teaching traditional techniques: blockprinting and drypoint at graphic workshops in Cultural Centre Agora in Wrocław

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
-music: from classical and world music to abstract hiphop beats
-literature:I listen to different audiobooks everyday
-self taught and outsider art
-ethnographic museums, folk art
-abandoned places, graffiti,
-car boot sales
-church interiors
– nature, forest

What does your usual workday look like?
Today I spent 9 hours working with the printing press. I started at 10 am, then I slept for 2 hours, and after that I sent emails, listened to music, and I did some sketches before I went to sleep.
Usually I work very chaotic, but I try to do what I do like a regular job, start at the morning and work for 6-8 hours.

How do you spend a perfect sunday?
With my family and friends, then some skateboarding or cruising my bike in the sunset.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
I like every taste of chocolate.
Hot chocolate with chilli and some % or chocolate muffins with bananas.

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
Paolo Ucello The Battle of San Romano.
I saw it in London and I was gazing for more than 30 min. Personally I find it one of the greatest pieces of art.

Whom should we interview next?
There’s a lot of young great artists.
maybe one of my friends Paweł Borkowski

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
Miro. When he was old.

What is your philosophy of life?
Just be. The truth it’s what is hidden in the shadow and my philosophy is to put some light in it.

Thank you, Wojciech!