Andrej Kapor was born in the city of Sarajevo (Yugoslavia) in 1989 and was a child refugee from the Bosnian war. He has lived a relatively nomadic life since. Having spent most of his childhood in the cultural circles of Zagreb (Croatia), consuming comics and books aplenty, he was set off on a path of incessant writing and drawing. His first illustration commission was for a front cover of a collection of fantasy short stories with an undertone of philosophical musings, when he was only nine years old. The publisher failed to pay him the agreed fee, and instead he got the equivalent money’s worth in a large stack of graphic novels.
After moving to Ireland at the age of twelve, Andrej spent a few years becoming comfortable with writing in the English language before starting to perform his poetry work regularly in front of audiences from age fifteen. He also began expanding from illustrative work to other mediums including photography, film and multimedia.
In 2009 Andrej became a member of Exchange Dublin, a cooperative arts space in Dublin’s Temple Bar district. Here, he was instrumental in facilitating many workshops and events, as well as co–founding the Exchange Words group. The same year, he began a long–held tenure at Electric Picnic, Ireland’s biggest mainstream music festival. He was also featured on the Naked and Hungry spoken word album with a group of Dublin–based poets.
He graduated in 2012 from IADT Dun Laoghaire with a BA in Visual Communications. His grad show project, LOQ was taken up by a bookings agency and went live that same year. The project would eventually evolve into a segment of Lingo Festival in Dublin and Knockanstockan in County Wicklow. He took part in a number of group art exhibitions, and joined the independent U.S. record label Citizen Soldier Entertainment.
In 2015 Andrej took up an art studio residency in La Catedral Studios, where he worked alongside artists such as PJ Lynch and Alan Clarke, among others. He performed the role of Rilke in "Aphorisms; I knew that word once" by Ella de Burca at the IMMA Summer Rising Festival.
In 2016, he embarked on his first international solo tour, showcasing his poetry and music work across 5 major European cities, including Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam where he was received to critical acclaim. He also became involved with The Poetry Brothel international phenomenon, which he brought to Dublin along with his friend John M. Farrell as part of the 2016 Bloomsday Festival.
2017 saw the launch of Andrej’s first solo art exhibition, which was picked as a cultural highlight by District Magazine. He spent three months traveling India, and studied yoga in an ashram at the foothills of the Himalayas. Following this he attended the oldest and most exclusive dance party in the world at Joujouka, Morocco—a group for whom he had been working as a web developer and online media consultant. Upon returning from Morocco, 2017 also saw him embark on a tour of Europe with The Poetry Brothel, coordinated between six international branches, and with sold–out events in Berlin, Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona, followed by a trip to the Venice Biennale.
Andrej Kapor has performed extensively across Ireland, the UK and Europe, and has toured internationally on a number of occasions. He has shared the stage with acts such as Kate Tempest, Hozier, Scroobius Pip, Alabama 3 and Villagers, to name a few. His work has also been published in numerous magazines, anthologies and fanzines, and his art has been regularly exhibited in galleries. Over the years he has worked as a curator and arts facilitator, graphic designer, audiovisual engineer, art teacher, yoga instructor, booking agent, stage manager, and more...
He currently lives in the Netherlands where he is working towards a Research Masters in Media, Art and Performance Studies at Utrecht University.
- Electric Picnic, Stradbally (2009-present)
- Bloomsday Festival, Dublin (2016-present)
- Culture Night, Dublin (2010-present)
- Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle (2018)
- Club Insomnia, Berlin, Germany (2017)
- Wolvenplein Prison, Utrecht, Netherlands (2017)
- Prostibulo Poetico Barcelona (2017)
- Moksh Cafe, Rishikesh, India (2017)
- Five Lamps Arts Festival (2016)
- Lingo Fest (2015-2017)
- Apollo House / Home Sweet Home (2017)
- Imagine Arts Festival (2016)
- Spoken Word Paris, La Culture Rapide (2016)
- Sturm Und Drank, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016)
- K-Fest Music & Arts Festival, Killorglin, Co. Kerry (2016)
- IMMA Summer Rising Festival (2015)
- Words in the Warehouse, Grangegorman (2014)
- Red Line Festival (2009, 2010)
- West Cork Literary Festival (2010)
- Festival of the Fires, Uisneach (2010)
- Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures (2008)
- Balcony TV (2008)
- Love Poetry / Hate Racism (2008)
EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS
- Take Heart Pop-up (group exhibition, 2018)
- Artonomy, MART gallery (group exhibition, 2018)
- Looking at the Stars (anthology, 2017)
- Sunday Matinee (solo exhibition, 2017)
- La Catedral Studios 10 Year Retrospective (group exhibition, 2016)
- Early Dawn & Letters Betrayed (chapbook, 2015)
- Stories of the A.M. (digital release, 2014)
- Sugar Coated (group exhibition, 2010)
- Naked & Hungry (compilation, 2009)
- Census 2, Seven Towers (anthology, 2009)
- Baby Beef (zine, 2008)
- Revival Press (poetry magazine, 2007)