Kathi Kæppel (b. 1977, Heidelberg, Germany) is a Berlin/Frankfurt a/M based artist working across drawing, animation, installation and digital media.

Kathi Kæppel completed her studies at the Kunsthochschule Berlin–Weißensee with Prof. Nanne Meyer and at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) with Prof. Suzanne Buchan in 2004. She was co-founder of the artistic group monogatari (1999–2005) and head of the animation department of the production company filmlounge Berlin (2000-2007) before she founded her ‘Studio for Animated Spaces’ in Berlin in 2007. Since 2009 Kathi Kæppel is a jury member and curator for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

She received a DAAD grant, a Fulbright grant and grant from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Her work was honoured with the Gold Award-Experimental film & video Remi awards, The Houston International Film Fest, the sehsuechte Animation Award, the German Design Award, the ADC Award amongst others.

Selected international solo and group exhibitions, projects and screenings include: Biennial of Animation Bratislava, SK; Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK; interfilm Berlin, DE; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, DE; Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris; sehsüchte, Berlin, DE; Houston International Film Fest, USA; Backup Festival, DE; International Festival of Animated Film, DE; Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, DE; Pictoplasma Berlin, DE; Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, DE; Goethe-Institut Lisboa, PRT; Galerie Berliner Kunstprojekt, DE; Galerie Neurotitan Berlin, DE; Galerie Parterre Berlin, DE; Galerie Inge Mahn, Berlin, DE. Her works have been included in the BFI National Archive, London, UK.

Kathi Kæppel has lectured at Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the HAW Hamburg, the Filmuniversitaet Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU). From 2014-2018 Kæppel has been visiting Professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin–Weißensee.


1977 Born in Heidelberg

 Lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt a/M, Germany

1997 - 2004 Diploma, Prof. Nanne Meyer, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, DE

2001 -2002 BFA fine arts, Prof. Suzanne Buchan and Prof. Roger Noake, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK

1999 - 2005 Co-founder, Studio Monogatari, DE

2000 - 2007 Head of Animation Department, Filmlounge GmbH, DE

Since 2007 Lecturer for animation

since 2009 Jury Member, Curator, ITFS – Internationales Trickfilm–Festival Stuttgart, DE

2014 - 2018 Visiting Professor, Kunsthochschule Berlin–Weißensee, DE

Since 2018 PhD Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, DE

2019-2020 Artistic Researcher HSLU Design & Kunst, CH


2019 Recipient, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

2017 adc bronze - Kommunikation im Raum

 German Design Award

2014 Recipient, BCP, Berliner Senat

2011 Award, communication arts

2009 Award, teambank ag

2004 Recipient, fulbright grant, one year

 Award, 200 best illustrators worldwide, luerzers archive

2003 Gold award, experimental film & video remi award, the houston international film fest

 Silber award, Society of Korea lllusart (SOKI) International Illustration & design competition

 Animation award, sehsuechte, international student film festival

 Award, annual multimedia

 Jury award, shorts-welcome

2002 Award, 1. price backup, weimar

2001 Recipient, daad grant for one year in great britain

 Nomination, max & moritz award, international comic salon erlangen

 Award, best animated series, berlin beta film festival