Olivier Kugler was born in 1970 in Stuttgart, Germany. He grew up
in Simmozheim, a small village, in the Black Forest. Influenced by
French/Belgian bande desinées and Otto Dix. After military
service in the Navy Olivier studied graphic design in Pforzheim (Germany)
and worked as a designer in Karlsruhe for a few years... got terribly
bored with it and received a scholarship from the German Academic
Exchange Service to do a masters degree in illustration at the School
of Visual Arts in New York.
Since then Olivier has been working as an illustrator in London for
clients all over the world. Likes to do reportage illustrations...
loves to draw people he meets and places he visits. Prefers to draw
on location or from own reference photos. Likes to color his drawings
on his laptop.
Also: Olivier Kugler was the overall winner of the 2011
V&A Illustration Awards for his depiction
of a truck driver’s journey across Iran, featured in French
quarterly reportage magazine XXI ?Rendered in Olivier's familiar sketchbook
style, the 30-page illustrated journal tells the story of the illustrator's
trip with Massih, a truck driver Olivier met in Tehran and accompanied
for a four-day journey carrying bottled water down to a small island
in the Persian Gulf.
Clients: The Guardian,
Digest, The New
York Times, The
New Yorker, New
York Magazine, Harper's
TO CUBA: In the spring/early summer of 2007
I travelled from Scotland to Cuba. I took the ferry from Aberdeen
to the Shetland Islands and another ferry from there to the Faroe
Islands. After a week of traveling through the islands I jumped on
the ferry to Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. From there I drove
a rental car to Reykjavik. My next stop was New York where I spent
two weeks before driving down to Miami. From there I flew via the
Bahamas to Cuba. For the travel section of The
Guardian newspaper in London I drew an illustrated
documentation of the journey.
TURKEY/IRAN: In the spring of 2009 I traveled through Turkey and Iran.
I took the train (three day journey) from Istanbul to Tabriz in the
Northeast of Iran. In Iran I first spent two weeks traveling along
the Armenian and Azerbayjani border region to the Caspian Sea to Tehran,
Yahzd, Esfahan and back to Tehran. In Tehran I met Massih, an Iranian
truck driver, who invited me to join him on a four-day journey carrying
bottled water to Kish, a small island in the Persian Gulf. I did a
small series of illustrations documenting the train journey from Istanbul
to Tabriz and of my stay in Iran. For the French quarterly reportage
magazine XXI I drew
a 30-page illustrated journal about Massih's journey across Iran.
LAOS: In January this year I joined the French veterinarian Bertrand
Bouchard on a week long mission through the remote region of North
West Laos. Bertrand works for the French charity ElefantAsia
which is devoted to the conservation and breeding of domesticated
elephants in Laos. At the moment I am working on an illustrated documentation
about the week I spent with the doctor and the elephants who are mainly
working in the countries partly legal… partly illegal logging