Julian Tabakov graduated from Sofia University of Applied Arts, majoring in Toys. He studied Scenography at the National Academy of Art in Sofia and Sculpture at ENS des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

His first professional appearance as a set designer and director was the play Three Sistersby Chekhov – staged by Sulza I Smyah Theater (season 1999-2000). Since 2002 he has worked in Sweden with Teater Giljotin – Stockholm, Uppsalastads Teater – Uppsala, Gjotebogstads Teater – Gothenburg, Norbottens Teater – Luleo, where he made scenographic and costume decisions for Long Day’s Journey into Nightby Eugene O'Neill, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?by E.Albee, The Winter's Taleby William Shakespeare and many others. In 2007 he produced the set design and costumes for: Shakespeare's The Tempestat Mazasis Teatras – Vilnius, 2008; Troilus and Cressidaby William Shakepeareat E. Vakhtangov Theater, Moscow, 2011; The Young Prince and the Truthby Jean-Claude Carriere at Sofia Puppet Theater, 2012; Idiot 2012by F. M. Dostoevsky, Ivan Vazov National Theater.

In 1998 he received the third Smirnoff fashion award, in 2011 – the Golden Age Award for contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture, and in 2016 and 2018 the Steven Dohanos Award from the Society of Illustrators, Part of the Museum of Illustration, New York.

In 2012 he completed his first documentary Tsvetanka. The film was presented at 25 festivals and received 13 international awards; in 2013 it was part of the official program of Documentary Cinema Week at MOMA – New York. He has made several solo exhibitions in Sofia, Ruse, Plovdiv, Prague and Stockholm, as well as illustrations for children's books and poetry collections.



WE, THE MONSTERS always try to please newcomers. In every way!


WE, THE MONSTERS do everything in order someone to pay attention to us.


WE, THE MONSTERS lead a dual life – during the day we obey the generally accepted norms, but in the darkness we fall prey to our passions.


In 2013 Julian Tabakov made costumes for The Merry Wives of Windsorwith director Russell Bolam for Ivan Vazov National Theater. Part of them are masks, behind which the characters hide to scare one of them to death. While the author documents them, a year and a half later, the masks relate in a special way to his personal observations and reflections on human nature. This is how the series We, the Monstersis born, or a brief portrait of ourselves, featuring a series of images, like a comic book, depicting the artificial and painful appearance, hiding behind the true and fragile nature of man.