kathi kæppel is a german artist working in the field of drawing, animation, and installation. she is a master of deconstruction. as if disassembling machinery into its single components, she brings it back together in a facile and playful manner generating complex structures and situations. circle, cube, triangel. again and yet again they appear; the right angle, the 30° angle. she calls it: »playing with bricks.« and: »sorting out the chaos.« her figures are two-dimensional, mechanically nested. even as a solitaire, they carry a depth within that always tells a story. the first impression is lighthearted; after longer observation, they leave a disturbing feeling behind. maybe this is the characteristic on kaeppels work: the ability to combine the extremes. she creates formal simplicity and full blast game. her objects exist as a surface with exceptional depth. kathi kaeppels works – awarded, published and exhibited for multiple times – are the fond, the reduction, the essence. and they have a soul.

— jana petersen


1977 born in heidelberg

1997 — 2004 weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, diploma under prof. nanne meyer and prof. matthias bleyl

2001 — 2002 university for the creative arts (uca), bfa fine arts under prof. suzanne buchan and prof. roger noake

1999 — 2005 co-founder, studio monogatari

2000 — 2007 head of animation department, filmlounge gmbh

since 2001 group and solo exhibitions

since 2007 lecturer for animation

since 2009 jury member and curator, ITFS – internationales trickfilm–festival stuttgart

2014 — 2018 visiting professor, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

 lives and works in berlin and frankfurt a/m, germany


2001 recipient, daad grant for one year in great britain

 nomination, max & moritz award, international comic salon erlangen

 flash award, best animated series, berlin beta film festival

2002 award, 1. price backup, weimar

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

2004 recipient, fulbright grant, one year

 award, 200 best illustrators worldwide, luerzers archive

2009 award, teambank ag

2011 award, communication arts

2017 german design award special mention

2017 adc bronze - kommunikation im raum