Biography of Alexander Kaprichev

 
Alexander Kaprichev was born in Varna in 1945. He graduated at the Second High School of Varna and then at the Academy of Arts, Sofia,  he received a degree in Mural painting with prof. Georgi Bogdanov and prof. Mito Ganovski. After graduating the Academy, he started as a freelance artist in one of the studios of the former factory, “Vulkan”, turned into artists’ studios centre. During 1976 – 1978 he was elected Chair of Varna Society of Young Artists and in 1980 became Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artist. 

Between 1999 and 2006 he lived and worked in Great Britain joining the Independent Studios in Leicester and Birmingham. Then, in 2006 he returned to his home town of Varna with plans for new creative work and the intention to have a retrospective exhibition, which unfortunately, he could not see through due to his sudden death in 2008.

Alexander Kaprichev‘s art comprises fine art paintings and decorative-monumental works. He has left a considerable number of paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings and projects for monumental art, murals, stained glass and tapestries. His style, if we are to define it, can be related to the lyrical abstraction and the abstract expressionism. Aleksander Kaprichev, however, drawing on the Bulgarian and world art traditions, which he has studied in depth, has created an individual and discernible style of his own.  

Exhibitions

During his lifetime, his artwork was shown at:

  • Group exhibitions of Varna artists in Saragossa, Spain  in 1993;
  • One-man show at Varna City Gallery “Boris Georgiev” in 1996;
  • Print Biennale, Varna, 1997 and 1999;
  • Art Fair “Impression”, Plovdiv, 1997 and 1999;
  • Mall Galleries, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, London, 2000;
  • Annual exhibitions of Independent Studios in Great Britain in 2002,2003,2004 and 2005. 

Collections

Some of his artwork is in possession of:

  • The National Gallery of Arts, Sofia;
  • The Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria;
  • Varna City Gallery and many others private collectors.

Retrospectives

In recent years Alexander Kaprichev’s art was shown in several exhibitions: a retrospective exhibition of paintings, watercolours and drawings created in the years before 1999 was curated by Vanko Urumov at Varna City Art Gallery and shown between 1st July and 3rd August 2010. Later on, between 1st and 15th September 2010, a selection of his artwork from the same period was exhibited at Sredets Art Gallery of the Ministry of Culture, Sofia with curators Georgi Trifonov and Plamena Dimitrova-Racheva.

Kaprichev's watercolours created in England were shown for the first time at Gallery 8 from 1st until 30th April 2011.

In April 2013, Gallery 8 exhibited some of the artist’s graphic art, etchings and lithographs, some of which were shown to the public for the first time.

Between 26th November and 6th December 2013, the eminent exhibition Colourful Contemplations at the Sofia Art Gallery of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London featured paintings and watercolours created in England between 1999 and 2006. The curator was the Professor Chavdar Popov PhD.

In the show Inspiring Spaces, both paintings and watercolours were exhibited at the Academia Gallery, Sofia, in November 2014. Curators: Prof.Chavdar Popov PhD and Prof. Svilen Stefanov PhD.

At the London Art Biennale 2015, with 140 participating artists from 40 countries, Alexander Kaprichev’s work was awarded with a Special Mention for Excellence in painting. 

The Inspiring Spaces exhibition was again shown at Varna City Art Gallery, between 30th  July and 30th August 2015, then dedicated to 70 years of the artist's birth.

Alexander's work has also been selected for the X Florence Biennale 2015.