Beautiful Postage Stamps by Stefan Kanchev
KANCHEV, Stefan Kirov — applied graphic artist, honored with the Bulgarian State title “National artist” in 1971. He was born on 06 August 1915, in Kalofer, Bulgaria. His father was an iconographer. He studied mural painting in the National Art Academy (1940–1945) in the class of prof. Dechko Uzunov. Kanchev worked in all the areas of applied arts. He was an author of numerous covers of books with folklore fairytales, posters, trade marks, postcards, advertisements, forms and envelopes, post stamps, labels, packages and etc. His works are imaginative, with calm and clear composition, felicitous relation between fonts and shapes, clear forms and creative ideas. He got his inspiration from the Bulgarian folklore and traditions. Kanchev’s great artistry was also seen in his colour works. He participated in many exhibitions and biennales in Bulgaria and abroad: Belgrade, Budapest, Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Brno, Ljubljana and etc. In the first world exhibition of trade marks in New York he presented 23 works out of the 250 logos by authors from all over the world. He had solo exhibitions in Sofia, Moscow, Prague, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and anniversary exposition in Sofia in 1975. He won competitions for typefaces, posters, trademarks, postcards, telegram forms, book designs and etc. many times and his works are world-famous and cited in the major applied arts encyclopedias. He was awarded the order “Cyril and Methodius” 1st class (in 1956, 1963, 1969) for contributions to Bulgarian culture, the order “Red Banner of Labour” 2nd class (in 1975), the order “Republic Bulgaria” 2nd class (in 1975), the Alexander Zhendov prize for poster and applied graphics (in 1973), etc.
Source: Encyclopedia of fine arts in Bulgaria, Sofia, 1981