Author, Editor, Illustrator, Colorist - Delcourt editions, Soleil
Born on the 19th January 1969 in Genoa. After reading Architecture at University she began working as commercial artist and as illustrator. In 1996 she started a collaboration with the Walt Disney Company: she took part to several creative projects as illustrator drawer and character designer. Together with Alessandro Barbucci in 1997 she gave life to the new magazine W.I.T.C.H. In fact they took part to the project’s editing they created the characters, the background, the graphic design and the color of a project that, since April 2001, has been having a huge success all over the world.
Since 1997 they have been working on the science-fiction saga Sky Doll published in France by Soleil and in USA (Heavy Metal and Marvel), and in over 18 countries in all. Acclaimed by the public and the critics in the recent years it has been awarded many times as best series of the year best color and design throughout Europe.
Eventually they are the graphic editors of the new series Monster Allergy a comics for kids published in 2003 by Soleil in France, in Germany by Egmont, and in 2004 in the rest of the world as a monthly magazine for the Walt Disney Company. Since January 2006 the series has been brought to TV as a cartoon produced by Rainbow Futurikom and Disney Channel. Purchased in 2005 by Warner Bros for the USA it is aired on Cartoon Network e M6.
Currently Barbara Canepa is working on Sky Doll 4 on the gothic series End which will be realized in collaboration with an Italian Disney artist Anna Merli. End is part of a new Soleil’s collection: Metamorphose, which she directs.
Lastly in 2007 she created a new publishing label: Venusdea. It’s a label independent of Soleil which starting in 2009 will feature international artists beyond the comics’ world. It will be edited all over the world in two languages and will contain brand new projects closer to the field of art than to comics.