about

Simone Guimaraes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and immigrated to 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, Simone studied painting at the School of Visual Arts, Parque Lage (EAV Parque Lage, Rio). She dedicated the next seven years of her career working in the Arts Department of the British Council, where she had the opportunity to work with groundbreaking artists and curators from both the UK and Brazil. In 2002 she received a curating certificate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (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 art. In 2013, she studied with Canadian artist, critic and OCAD teacher, Pete Smith, and in 2016 finally took the leap to become a full time artist. 

Simone’s early influences come from the De Stijl art movement, use of primary colours, geometric forms, and Frida Kahlo’s political activism and love for animals. Viewing art as a means of social and environmental consciousness, she explores the beauty of wildlife, nature and humans.

Her mixed media technique is a fusion between technology and craft. Simone 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.

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 2017 and 2018, her work was auctioned during the Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Wild Ball fundraising gala in support of their rescue work. She was also one of the invited artists to take part of 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, Parque Lage (EAV)          Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Exhibitions / Art Fairs

2019

Queen West Art Crawl – QWAC
September 21–22
Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Canada

Riverdale Art Walk 
June 1-2
Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto, Canada

2018

Ramp Up, StopGap Foundation Art Fundraiser
November 30
Daniel’s Spectrum, Toronto, Canada

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

Ramp Up, StopGap Foundation Art Fundraiser
November 21
Daniel’s Spectrum, Toronto, Canada

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
Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada

 

2016

In the Round IV 
Nov 2-27
Graven Feather, 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
Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada

2014

Decipher Abstract Art Exhibition
Moniker Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013

Sensation
Spazio dell’Arte Gallery, Toronto, Canada