Elena Foschi


Admiring the eclectic range of Alexander Kaprichev’s artistic creations, from sensational watercolours to dramatic oil on canvases, one is struck by the finesse and eloquent touch of the artist, whose personality transpires through marvellous and multi-faceted paintings. Since the early 1980’s, when Kaprichev began his career as an artist, he has left a notable imprint on Art History, duelling and intertwining with the Great Masters of the past through his vision and exquisite execution.

Kaprichev transmits a spectrum of conflicting and reflective emotions in his diverse works of art. The viewer can admire a profound delicacy reinforced and enriched by a profusion of meanings that offer a complex multiplicity perceivable in the depth of his creations. Despite the abstraction of the pictorial depictions, the viewer is able to identify different perspectives as each individual painting is distinct and interconnected by interpretative planes.

Analysing the intriguing foregrounds in Kaprichev’s artworks, punctuated by dancing geometries and mysterious sinuous forms, our senses are captured by an orchestra of sensory stimuli as each soft-hue transforms into a concert of sweet sonatas.

“The harmony of color and form must be based solely upon the principle of the proper contact with the human soul” wrote Wassily Kandinsky, pioneer of Non-Figurative Art. Kaprichev perfectly reflects this notion in his overwhelming watercolours through an elegant ensemble of shapes that vibrate in a timeless aura. 

In fact, as in Kandinsky’s “Improvisations” and “Compositions”, Kaprichev’s conceptions astound the viewer who is faced by an emotional synaesthesia provoked by rainbows of pale tints, musical connotations and symmetrical structures: a poem of shapes and atmospheres that seem to arise from distant worlds. Kaprichev’s artistry succeeds in creating a similar breathtaking effect on the spectator of creative comprehensive and admirable communication of spirit conceived not only by the Russian Masters but also by the Abstract Expressionists.

Among his watercolour works, Kaprichev features abstract interpretations of magical surroundings and a distinctive set of symbols capable of capturing subtle expressions with just a few lines. He explores his inner thoughts through colours and forms, creating compositions characterised by a timeless and unique elegance. 

In addition, Kaprichev’s original paintings are characterised by energetically fractional brushstrokes that testify a sensitivity toward portraying light through the use of contrasting warm and cool hues. 

The immersive fields of colours in many of his paintings often remind us of the Abstract Expressionist movement, in particular Barnett Newman, in that Kaprichev’s skillful touch inspires a similar effect of completeness and harmony. Resolute blocks of correlative colours that possess their own life force, capturing the viewer in a maze of contrasting emotions. 

Each shade contains a “breath of life” through which the viewer relives the densely structured compositions depicted by Mark Tobey as well as the emotional atmosphere of Willem de Kooning’s abstract masterpieces.

Kaprichev’s art has no boundaries in experimentations, styles and spirits, ranging from symbolic oils and vibrant acrylics to meditative watercolours and dynamic drawings. The incredible legacy of this gifted painter will be cherished for years to come.