The Simons Gallery


The Hague

Netherlands

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Andrea Jo   (Director)

Jacqueline Martinez   (Assistant Director)

About

Originally a private collection based in Mexico City, including the works of Latin American and internationally-renowned masters, Simons Gallery now boasts an ever-growing contemporary collection of emerging, mid-career and established artists from around the world.

This contemporary collection is located in Miami, Florida, and The Hague, Netherlands. Simons Gallery seeks to promote and support the relationship between the Latin American art tradition of yesteryear and the international contemporary artists of today.

Simons Gallery is home to an inspired mix of artists of all generations who strive to create exceptional art for its own sake and at times as a vehicle for change and social activism, from image to action. Simons Gallery artists — through their work — seek to inspire global awareness and instil a spirit of engagement and collaboration throughout the world, homing in on salient issues and themes that we as global citizens face.

The Simons Gallery participates in prestigious Art Fairs worldwide, as
well as ecological and social projects.

Exhibiting Artists

Other Represented Artists

  • Lili(ana)  (+)

    Biography : “Lili(ana) is an artist who defines herself as multifaceted in respect to her expression on contemporary issues. Sometimes her way to point out what she covets is through installation, sculpture, photography or video… For a contemporary artist, the means used to express ideas is not really important but the concept of her/his imagination itself. Lili(ana) is a mental artist, that means her thoughts about art are first build in their meaning; the concept prompts her images. First her thinking builds the image, then it presents itself. Perhaps this is what every artist do, the difference is that in some this usual “doing” is more noticeable than others.” * Lili(ana) currently lives and works in Miami. She has been featured in exhibitions in USA as well as in France, Spain, China, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. *(excerpt from " Light Spectra" by Marcela Römer)

    Detailed Description : "and the following... (life)", 2002-2005 Once & again our essence gets a new vehicle to continue its given physical labyrinth in order to evolve, and also fulfill its part in the evolution of humanity. Such evolution is made not only by personalities but by the conjunction of all the souls incarnated in this physical plane and how each one walk their given pathway. How big the ratio or length of the labyrinth is of not important, but the quality of our walk through it is - our contributions. We might have periods of struggle in which our mental and emotional bodies need to adjust and upgrade themselves to solve the given situation, then chaos becomes just a step-up towards a clearer state of mind and better-controlled emotions. Acknowledging and connecting to our essence give us the ability to transform chaos into harmony; it gives us the ability to step into our next level. "And the following...(life)" is a reminder of the inescapable fact of life: the continuous return of the soul to the physical plane, an invitation to walk through it with mindfulness.

  • Leonor Anthony  (+)

    Biography : Leonor Anthony is a multidisciplinary artist based in Miami, Florida, with studios in The Hague, Netherlands and Brooklyn, New York. Born in Havana Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family as a young child. She is an accredited scholar, artist, photographer and published author. Anthony is world-renowned for her courageous use of materials and by creating works that invoke controversial issues in today’s society. She is recognized for using art as a vehicle of activism. With limitless styles materials and unprecedented assertiveness, characterized by violently expressive color and jarring compositions, Anthony is able to bring awareness to issues ranging from slavery, immigration, women’s empowerment, and environmental preservation. The imagery of her art is crafted through her unflinching willingness to elicit emotional reactions. Her intense but sophisticated style is a reflection of the artist’s unending search for freedom of expression and penchant towards iconoclasm. In 2013, Anthony was awarded the prestigious title of Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University Honors College. She is the founder and curator of the FIU Honors College Art Collection and has curated several exhibits with subjects ranging from Prison Reform to the Environment. Environment preservation led her to create the NestGen Project. This biennial project, is comprised of artistic installations, incorporating a call to a collective conscience regarding our planet and the promotion of reuse, reduce and recycle principles. Two of her monumental works are part of the Florida International University’s permanent collection exhibited at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and The FIU College of Law. In April, 2017 Leonor Anthony was honored with the FIU Alumni of Distinction Award. Anthony’s internationally acclaimed shows are as follow: Milan Fashion Week Espinasse31, CONTEXT Art Miami, the 57th Venice Biennale 2018, Aqua Art Miami, Miami Art Ba

    Exhibition : Espinasse31, Art F***s Fashion, during Milan Fashion Week 2018 Milan, Italy, February 22nd - April 19th 2018 CONTEXT Art Miami Downtown Miami, Florida, Miami Art Week 2018 Personal Structures, Open Borders European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, May 13th – November 26th, 2017 Venice Biennale 2017 Singularities Florida International University, College of Engineering and Computing, Miami, Florida, April 2017 Aqua Art Miami, Art Basel Week 2016 Miami Beach, Florida, December 2016 MACVA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Valencia Valencia, Venezuela Contemporaries at Uffizi Florence, Italy, November 2016 Nestgen Ecological Biennale Project Florida International University, College of Engineering and Computing, Miami, Florida November 8th – December 10th, 2016 Art Expo New York New York, New York, April 2016 Leonardo Da Vinci Award, The Universal Artist Borghese Palace, Florence, Italy – January 2016 Spectrum Miami, Art Basel Week 2015 Miami, Florida – December 2015 Le Carrousel du Louvre 2015 Paris, France, October – November 2015 Exposure Award, Musée du Louvre Paris, France, July 2015 Expo Milano 2015 International Contemporary Art Milan, Italy, June – August 2015 Da Caravaggio ai Nostri Giorni Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy, May 2015 Premio Gulielmo II 2015 Citta di Monreale, Italy, March 2015 Biennale of Palermo Palermo, Sicily, January 2015 Biennale of Paris Paris, France, December 2014 NestGen Ecological Biennale Project Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida, November – December 2014 Le Carrousel du Louvre 2014 Paris, France, October 2014 Seoul Open Art Fair Seoul, South Korea, May 2014 Synergy, A Grass Roots Artistic Populist Movement Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design, May 2014 Earth & Water: Our Planet, Our Life Exhibit Florida International University, April 2014 Galerie Thullier Paris, France, March 2014 Transition/Verity, Solo Show Miami Beach, Florida, January 2014 Scope Miami Beach 2013 Miam

    Detailed Description : At the age of three, barely able to hold a pencil, I started drawing. And then I never stopped. I have been expressing myself through art my entire life. When I was five years old, my family left Cuba, commencing a lifetime of migration and hyphenation. This feeling of impermanence and non-identity, at home everywhere but not fully belonging anywhere became my way of life. This dichotomy of melancholy and ease, radical yet classical, underlies all my creations. All my work carries a message- social justice, equality, spirituality, intellect; my innate and passionate need to express inarticulate feelings. I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go since creation can happen anywhere. Sometimes these ideas stay in the notebook for years, and they almost always become reality. I start preparing mentally to work much before I actually begin. I commence with a clear idea of the message and the overall feeling of the piece. Throughout the night, my mind begins the work and often new ideas form in my sleep, expanding on the original thought. I start working very early in the morning, with my mind at peace and fresh, dressed entirely in black. As a priest prepares for mass, I prepare to work. I start the music, which is classical adagios and always the same, and within minutes I no longer exist in this world. I do not hear anything and I don’t stop until either the work or my physical being demands it. I work completely alone, in the silence of my mind. I am an artist because I breathe. I pour myself entirely on the work until there is nothing left of me, yet when I “return”, I am reborn. I hope to my last day to have paint on my face and hands, to be able to smell the peculiar smell of the oils and my eyes to see color that surrounds me, inside and out. The impetus of my work is my need to communicate and share a common human experience. I talk, feel and hopefully touch, through art. My work is my word and my truth.

  • Daria Cipriani  (+)

    Biography : Daria Cipriani was born in Tuscany, Italy and she now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Her love affair with the lens started at 19 when she boarded her first ship as a Merchant Marine officer, carrying a sextant and a small camera. As she crossed the oceans the camera became her constant companion, documenting her experience. Today she continues to travel worldwide as a professional photographer. She is internationally known for her images of people, their struggles and moments of joy; their interactions with their immediate societies and surroundings. For the past three years Daria Cipriani has been engaged on a project with the Canadian First Nations native peoples, documenting their culture and their deep and abiding connection with nature, which are depicted in her latest works. The images shown in this exhibit have been inspired by the Haida Gwaii islands and the Haida people, their totem poles and what they represent, their symbolism and the stories embedded within them. Cipriani’s published books of photography include: The Journey Home, a story about First Nations children and their residential school; Paris — La Strada; New York — Connect and Disconnect; The Colors of Cuba; and A Soul Journey of India. Daria Cipriani is represented by Simons Gallery (The Netherlands, Miami, Mexico City) and has exhibited twice in Art Basel Week Miami, at Spectrum 2015, and Aqua Art Miami in 2016, at New York Art-Expo in April 2017 and at Context Art Miami in December 2017 . Her work is included in the permanent art collection of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, housed at the FIU Honors College.

    Detailed Description : Travel and photography have been constant elements of my life. Traveling satisfies a primitive call to explore, a need to go beyond my own fears, to reach out to and communicate with people and nature, and to feel part of my own surroundings. Photography is a means, a formal language with no boundaries. As Salgado says, "it is an aesthetic way to communicate". To photograph is to establish a connection by engaging eyes, heart and mind in order to fix a vision, an emotion, a ''something'' that represents a split second of life suspended in the eternity of time. Those seconds make our story, translated into images. My composite Oltre — Immaginifico (Something Else: A World Imagined) represents an effort to go beyond reality and create harmony through layering several images, combining actuality and vision, an oneiric world inspired by love of humanity, by beauty and by hope.

  • Roberto Polillo  (+)

    Biography : Born in Milan in 1946, Roberto lives between his native city, Rome and Miami. In the 1960s he photographed over a hundred jazz concerts, building up a complete gallery of portraits of the most important jazz musicians of the period. These images have been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions, and used for magazines, books, CD sleeves, and have been collected in a photographic book Swing, Bop & Free (2006), which presents over 100 portraits of jazz icons of the 1960s. But then, after entering with his jazz images in the history of entertainment photography, in the early 1970s he decided to hang up his camera and embark on a completely different career, as both an entrepreneur in the computer software business and an university professor. In the early 2000’s he took up his camera again, after an expressive silence lasted three decades, exploring new different languages for travel art photography.

    Exhibition : (showing selected exhibitions) CONTEXT Art Miami Miami Art Week. December 2017 Visions Of Venice Galerie 111, Paris. November - December 2017 Future & The City, Trieste Photo Days, Trieste, Italy. October - November 2017 Future City Bocconi University, Milano, Italy. February - September 2017 Jazz Icons: Collection for the Centennial of Jazz MIA Photo Fair, Milano (Italy). March 2017 Un secolo di jazz, la creatività estemporanea Centro Culturale Chiasso (Switzerland). March - April 2017 Three exhibitions: Jazz Icons, Visions of Venice, Future City. VAP Venice Art Projects. Venice (Italy). May – June 2017 Towers of Miami SorianoImmagine2017, Soriano nel Cimino (Italy). July -August 2017 Adentro y Afuera el Jazz (with Roberto Cifarelli), San Sebastian Art Fair, San Sebastian (Spain). July 2017 Swing, Bop & Free BASE, Milano (Italy). November 2016 Visions of Venice Fondazione Stelline, Milano (Italy). October - November 2017 Towers of Miami MIA Fair 2016. Milano (Italy). April - May 2016 Visions of Venice Tre Oci, Venezia (Italy). January - March 2016 Impressions of Venice and Jazz 60 MIA Fair 2015, Milano (Italy). April 2015 Jazz ’60 Anteo Spazio Cinema, Milano (Italy). February – March 2012 Jazz ‘60/Street Art The Don Gallery, Milano (Italy). May 2012 Il Jazz tra Europa e America Biblioteca Cantonale, Lugano (Switzerland). January – April 2011 Jazz ’60 Auditorium, Milano (Italy). October 2011 Jazz ’60 All You Need Is Photography Photo Festival, Milano (Italy). December 2010 – February 2011 Swing, Bop & Free Chiostro di S.Francesco, Sorrento (Italy). August – September 2009 Swing, Bop & Free FNAC Galleries, Verona, Napoli, Rome, Torino, Genova (Italy), 2007 –2008 Swing, Bop & Free: Jazz of the Sixties Cortile del Palazzo Pubblico, Siena (Italy). July – August 2007 Stasera Jazz Fondazione Siena Jazz, Siena (Italy). 2003 – now (permanent exhibition) I giganti del jazz (with R.Schwamenthal) Centro Cultur

    Detailed Description : An American Invention. Jazz, the ultimate manifestation of freedom, individuality, democracy and the American experience is the focus of our project to be presented for the very first time, in the country of its inception and the city where it flowered. Music that listens to each other, and what America will be when it becomes itself; Nothing will be sweeter. By merging two artistic disciplines we honor the Jazz tradition of improvisation, artistic dialogue, fusion and innovation. Simons Gallery is proud to present the priceless Jazz photographs of Italian Photographer Roberto Polillo, taken during the 60’s and 70’s, of Jazz’s greatest icons while on tour in Europe, and the work of multidisciplinary Cuban artist Leonor Anthony. This project focuses on the transcendent nature of Jazz and how it represents the American Experience, democracy, equality, and the hope of free people. Now more than ever, we focus on Jazz in order that through its essence we can deliver its message of freedom from hate, freedom from fear and glorious inclusivity.