Mike Cecotka, birth name Slawomir Cecotka, was born on Oct 31 , 1966 in Poland. He changed his name to Mike since nobody could pronounce first and last name after immigrating to Canada from Poland where he was rejected from Film School – Directing Studies at age 25.
He was taking pictures since age 10 with an old Russian camera which did not have a light meter which provided for a stressful experience 🙂
He directed his first short film at 21.
In Canada, he started a video production company – with his biggest client Bayer Canada, along with his short action film he received the finalist award in North American Video Competition for directing and editing.
In 2008, crushed after losing everything he turned towards Eastern Philosophies and implemented the peaceful message of Sun Tzu “The Art of War” and teachings from the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi into his life.
He started his new career as a visual artist working with photography, video, and Eastern Literature at age 50 in 2016.
His World Tour is planned for 2018 – Focused on controlling your mind and emotions to find inner peace guided by a unique experience of an art gallery with canvases and digital art along with philharmonic orchestra concert with movies on the big screen.
What are you communicating?
I am trying to communicate the peaceful message of “Art of War” by Sun Tzu, which is misunderstood especially by the Western Mind.This 2500-year-old text is relevant today in politics, army life or business.
The other piece of the puzzle is controlling your mind and emotions before people say or do something stupid. This is where the teachings of undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi come into play.
I have a book coming out in 2018 which will cover these topics in detail.
What is the viewer looking at?
Life and Business coaching on canvases and digital art. If these methods are implemented, your life and business will be less stressful. We are talking about Eastern philosophies over 2500 years old which are relevant in Western society today. For the fastest and most stable way to achieve world peace, inner peace, and innovation is to mix an Eastern and Western mind at a 50/50 split.
What is the final format
Canvas Gallery Wrap 70” x 36”x 1.5”.
Digital files are MP4 HD video 1920×1080 average 30 seconds. They can be set as shuffle and loop in your standard video players on laptops, tablets, phones and smart TV. There is no sound. Corporate and Exhibition Licenses are available.
How did you make digital art/videos?
I took my digital file/canvas or existing work like The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai – removed the background making it transparent and rear projected various video files.