Kapka Kaneva was born in 1978 in Sofia. She graduated from the National School of Fine Arts “Acad. Iliya Petrov” and later obtained a degree in Book and Print Graphics the National Academy of Arts, where she is currently a teacher.
Kapka creates objects from paper and cardboard, which she interprets with directed lighting. She photographs them and uses the digitally processed photos in illustrations and book covers, in posters or as independent artworks. She also gets drawn toward light art installations made of aluminum. She defines them as parallel shadow spaces in which, with the help of a system of lighting bodies, she creates a “light sandwich” of overlapping drawings.
CLIENTS AND COOPERATIONS:
Artist at Panorama publishing house (2008 to present).
Artist at Altera publishing house (2009-2011).
Artist at eta Verlag, Berlin (2016-2017).
Work for the publishing houses List, Kryg, Small Stations Press, Janet 45, Colibri, Oxford University Press, Madrid, etc.
Graphic design and plastic paper illustrations for the covers of the El Arbol de los Clasicos series – a collection of adapted classics for teenagers, over 20 volumes from 2015 to date (project in progress), Oxford University Press, Madrid.
Small Stations Fiction and Galician Wave series – graphic concept redesign and cover design, 2019 to date (project in progress), Small Stations Press.
Poetry Anthology of Jorge Luis Borges – graphic design and Illustrations, 2022 (in print), Hummingbirds.
Participation with an illuminated art book installation and posters in “Awakening Between the Lines” – exhibition of works based on texts by women survivors of violence, 2022, EMPROVE Foundation.
Graphic concept of the series “The Fourth Unknown” by Asen Sirakov and illustrations for “Amalia”, 2021, Athea Books.
Graphic concept and design of the special illustrated edition “I am Bulgarian” by Petya Alexandrova and a paper portrait of Elisaveta Bagryana, 2019, Ciela.
Illustrations for the children’s books Iron Man by Ted Hughes, Mrs. Cherry’s Kitchen by Silvia Plath, Advice to Little Girls by Mark Twain and others, 2017-2019, List.
Graphic design of a series of catalogs (2010 to present) for NAA, SCAS, National Archaeological Museum and others.
THE DESIGN: Combining aesthetics, function and heart in an item that reaches many people