Stefan Kanchev | Biography, Life, Work, Logos and Awards
Stefan Kanchev (1915 – 2001)
Stefan Kirov Kanchev was a highly influential and prolific Bulgarian graphic designer and illustrator. He created around 1,600 logos and symbols for a broad spectrum of international and national clients, including National Art Gallery, Bulgarian National Television, Union of Bulgarian Artists, the National Palace of Culture, National Opera and Ballet, TZUM, Petrol AD and International Fair Plovdiv.
Stefan Kanchev was born on August 6, 1915 in Kalofer, Bulgaria. Art also ran in Kanchev’s family. His father was an icon painter. Kanchev studied mural painting at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. He dropped out of the Academy shortly before graduation and took part in exhibitions and biennales in Bulgaria and all over the world. He also participated in an AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) international exhibition in 1967 in which he presented 23 of his logos.
Kanchev has numerous awards and accolades, both national and international, to his credit. In 1994 the International Trademark Centre in Ostend, Belgium named him alongside Paul Rand and Saul Bass, as one of the world’s top ten trademark artists.
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