about

Simone Guimaraes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 2007. She discovered her passion for the visual arts while attending an elective high school photography class. As part of an exercise students had to colour black and white photos with pastels, which led her to experiment with mixed media for the first time.

From 1996 to 1999, she studied painting at the prestigious School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in Rio (EAV Parque Lage). She dedicated the next seven years of her career working in the Arts Department of the British Council. There she had the opportunity to work with groundbreaking artists and curators from both the UK and Brazil in the production of award winning exhibitions, including Rachel Whiteread and Henry Moore.

In 2002 she received a curating certificate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK. After moving to Canada, Simone took a break from the art world and inadvertently gained experience in charity work – now a critical backbone to her artwork. In 2013, Simone studied with Canadian artist, critic and OCAD teacher, Pete Smith.

Simone’s early influences come from the De Stijl art movement, use of primary colours and geometric forms, and Frida Kahlo’s political activism and love for animals. Viewing art as a means of social and environmental consciousness, Simone explores the world of endangered species, humanitarian and environment causes.

Her mixed media technique is a fusion between technology and craft. She uses digital technology to overlay original drawings on paper, adding rough brush strokes, lines and vibrant colours as she reminds the viewers of the importance these causes hold. The line between what has been done by hand and what has been digitally manipulated is blurred, adding a layer of curiosity to her mixed media pieces.

Simone Guimaraes has been an active participant in popular Toronto art fairs, including Canada’s largest, longest running contemporary art fair, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). She believes in the importance of human connection when telling the story of her work.

 

Simone also believes in giving back. In 2018 she donated one of her limited edition prints to the Toronto Wildlife Centre’s online auction in support of Earth Day.  This will also be her second consecutive year as one of the featured artists in StopGap Foundation’s Art Fundraiser event, Ramp Up, in support of an inclusive and barrier free society for those living with disabilities. 

Ten per cent from sales of her work is donated to organizations around the world. Since 2016, the following organizations have been recipients of this initiative: Oceana, UNHCR, WWF, Friends of the Earth (FOE), Rhinos Without Borders, Survival International, Polar Bears International, Australian Koala Foundation and the The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

Simone currently works from her home studio in Toronto, Canada.

CURRICULUM VITAE

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EDUCATION

2013 – 2014

Advanced Painting Techniques with artist Pete Smith
Avenue Road Arts School – Toronto, Canada

2002

Curating Certificate
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design – London, UK

1996 – 1999

Painting Techniques
School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS / ART FAIRS

2018

Queen West Art Crawl – QWAC
September 22–23
Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – TOAF
July 6-8
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

2017

I Brazilian Week in Toronto (I Semana do Brasil em Toronto)
September 11–17
Metro Hall Toronto, Canada

Queen West Art Crawl – QWAC
September 23-24
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Canada

Kensington Market Art Fair – KMAF
July 30 and October 29
77 Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada

StopGap Foundation Art Fundraiser
November 21
Toronto, Canada

2016

In the Round IV Graven Feather
Nov 2-27
906 Queen St. West, Toronto, Canada

Queen West Art Crawl – QWAC
October 1-2
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Canada

Kensington Market Art Fair – KMAF
June 26 and September 25
77 Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada

2014

Decipher Abstract Art Exhibition
Moniker Gallery – Toronto, Canada

2013

Sensation
Spazio dell’Arte Gallery – Toronto, Canada