Maciej Kuciara

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Maciej Kuciara
BornMaciej Kuciara
Poland
🏳️ NationalityPolish
💼 Occupation
concept artist, director, art director, digital artist
📆 Years active  2004 - present
Notable workCaptain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame, Wonder Woman 1984, The Last of Us

Maciej Kuciara is a concept artist, director, art director, and digital artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is known for his work on feature films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame, Wonder Woman 1984, Ghost in the Shell, Jupiter Ascending, and video games such as The Last of Us.[citation needed]

Early Life[edit]

Kuciara was born and raised in Poland. He attended college and worked briefly as an electrician before deciding to pursue a career in art..[1]

Career[edit]

In August, 2004, Kuciara's career in art began when he went to work for Polish video game company People Can Fly. From there, he went on to work in the video game industry for about a decade, working at both Crytek and Naughty Dog.[1] Kuciara was the concept artist behind several video games such as Crysis 1 and 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and The Last of Us.[2]

After transitioning into the film industry, Kuciara worked and continues to work most notably as a concept artist for several films. His work can be recognized in movies such Captain America: Civil War, for which he designed numerous keyframes of iconic scenes in the film, such as the moment the Scarlet Witch uses her powers to aid Captain America in entering the Center of Infectious Diseases, the conflict between Baron Zemo and Black Panther, as well as the film's climax which sees Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Iron Man, and Baron Zemo face off in the base in Siberia.[3][4] Kuciara also led concept design in Rupert Sanders' adaptation of anime classic 'Ghost in the Shell'.[5]

Between 2016 and 2021, Kuciara has worked on several other Hollywood productions, including The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, X-Men Days of Future Past (for which he designed the look and feel of sentinels), Kong: Skull Island, Tim Miller's Terminator: Dark Fate,[6] Wonder Woman 1984 (for which he designed the final look of Cheetah who was portrayed by Kristen Wiig),[7] and Avengers: Endgame (for which his team was awarded an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film)[8]

Kuciara's directorial debut was in 2020, with short films MECHA (which he co-directed with Ash Thorp) and Showtime, a personal project.[9] Also in 2020, Kuciara collaborated with DJ and producer [Steve Aoki] to create the NFT collection "Neon Future", released on Nifty Gateway in April 2020.[10] Aoki and Kuciara had previously worked together on Impact Theory's Neon Future comic.[11]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Meet the Artist: Maciej Kuciara". YouTube. ArtStation. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  2. Fiddis, Rachael (2019). "Cyberpunk 2077 Atari Mock-Up Oozes Retro Nostalgia". Dual Shockers. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  3. Jaworski, Michelle (May 29, 2016). "The concept art for 'Captain America: Civil War' is stunning". Daily Dot. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  4. Jayson, Jay (September 6, 2017). "Gorgeous Captain America: Civil War Concept Art". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  5. Bonthuys, Darryn (April 7, 2017). "The gorgeous concept art of Ghost In The Shell". Critical Hit Entertainment. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  6. "Maciej Kuciara Filmography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  7. Dumaraog, Ana (January 7, 2021). "Wonder Woman 1984 Concept Art Reveals Early Cheetah Design". Screen Rant. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  8. Barnhardt, Adam (February 2, 2020). "Avengers: Endgame Wins Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Award". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  9. ""Neon Future" Comic Creators Steve Aoki & Tom Bilyeu Debut Limited NFT Collection Inspired by the Futuristic Sci-Fi Series". Globe Newswire. April 22, 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  10. Khorram, Yasmin (April 22, 2021). "Steve Aoki makes a bold prediction on digital art as he debuts new NFT". CNBC. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  11. "Neon Future #2 Cover B Variant Maciej Kuciara Cover". Midtown Comics. Midtown Comics. Retrieved 14 October 2021.

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