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 kunsthochschule berlin-weißensee, 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

2017 adc bronze - kommunikation im raum