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About Simafra

Charged with emotion, Italian-artist Simafra’s dreamy semi-abstract paintings are often layered with symbolism and metaphorical depictions. Inspired by the great Italian abstract expressionists, his work captures the timeless beauty of nature; from majestic golden peacocks to sublime forest scenes. “It all started about 15 years ago when I began working in a classic restoration workshop,”...

Exhibitions by Simafra

Simafra - Eden

26 January - 11 February 2017

From the 26th January to the 11th February, Maddox Gallery is delighted to present Eden, Simafra’s first ever solo exhibition in the UK, in...

Meet Simafra – London Live TV

In a special visit to our flagship Maddox Street gallery on 2nd March 2019, renowned Italian artist Simafra unveils his...

Simafra Eden Launch Night

Eden is a rich and striking collection of work from the 'artist from Florence' called Simafra. One of the Maddox Gallery's...

Lunch with Simafra

Italian artist Simafra is in London for the launch of Eden at Maddox Gallery. And it's time for lunch at the legendary C...

Simafra

Charged with emotion, Italian-artist Simafra’s dreamy semi-abstract paintings are often layered with symbolism and metaphorical depictions. Inspired by the great Italian abstract expressionists, his work captures the timeless beauty of nature; from majestic golden peacocks to sublime forest scenes.

“It all started about 15 years ago when I began working in a classic restoration workshop,” Simafra – otherwise known as Riccardo Prosperi – says. “It was an extraordinary opportunity that allowed me to practice many techniques and to gain confidence in my own capabilities.”

Often drawn to the beauty of the natural world, Simafra’s sumptuous colour palette and intricate layers of detail have established him as one of the most sought-after artists working today. Consistently portraying the power of nature and the influence of man upon the natural world, his stunning paintings depict gardens, flowers, forests and animals.  “Along with this natural theme, my paintings are meant to reflect on the eternal fight within good and evil, as suggested to me by our society. This theme is ancient and yet extant, just like my painting, that aims to be timeless.”

Mastering the art of decoration and restoration under the tutelage of painter Ottavio Troiano; Simafra began his creative practice by experimenting with the gold paint he would use to decorate the frames of ancient paintings. Finding inspiration in a range of different influences and movements, from the English Romantics to the Italian painters Morandi and Modigliani, Simafra has developed his own luxurious style.  “I have always loved painting; it represents my freedom. I was very vivacious as a child and the act of holding a white sheet of paper and a brush, in my hands, embodied my way to be in peace.”

Championing the belief that ‘the canvas is the mirror of the soul,’ Simafra cites his work as being ‘a combination of passion and playfulness.’  “Art initially overwhelms you, mirroring your current state. Yet with time, an artist acquires greater self-awareness and emotional control, transforming his or her current state into a wave of positive energy. This is what I try to do on a daily basis.”

Now an award-winning artist,  Simafra is collected by the likes of Cameron Diaz and The Royal Prince of Qatar. Having exhibited at numerous art fairs and major exhibitions around Europe; Eden, Simafra’s first London solo exhibition in the UK, was shown at Maddox Gallery Mayfair in 2017.

“It takes purity to paint, a purity that often is lost as we grow up.”

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Exhibitions by Simafra

Simafra - Eden

26 January - 11 February 2017

From the 26th January to the 11th February, Maddox Gallery is delighted to present Eden, Simafra’s first ever solo exhibition in the UK, in...

Videos of Simafra

Meet Simafra – London Live TV

In a special visit to our flagship Maddox Street gallery on 2nd March 2019, renowned Italian artist Simafra unveils his...

Simafra Eden Launch Night

Eden is a rich and striking collection of work from the 'artist from Florence' called Simafra. One of the Maddox Gallery's...

Lunch with Simafra

Italian artist Simafra is in London for the launch of Eden at Maddox Gallery. And it's time for lunch at the legendary C...

Simafra News

Simafra Mayfair 600x338 - Art Bahrain

Meet Simafra – London Live TV

In a special visit to our flagship Maddox Street gallery on 2nd March 2019, renowned Italian artist Simafra...

Spend an afternoon with Simafra at Maddox Gallery

Spend an afternoon with Simafra at Maddox Gallery

On Saturday 2nd March, renowned Italian artist Simafra is scheduled to speak at Maddox Gallery's flagship...

Maddox Gallery honoured by The Mayfair Awards for Best Art Exhibition

Maddox Gallery honoured by The Mayfair Awards for Best Art Exhibition

Maddox Gallery is incredibly proud to be recognised at The Mayfair Awards 2017 for hosting Simafra’s ‘Eden’,...

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Art Bahrain

Maddox Gallery are delighted to be exhibiting, for the first time, at the newly launched art fair, Art Bahrain. The...

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Simafra Solo Exhibition Opens at Maddox Gallery

Maddox Gallery celebrated the opening of the first London solo exhibition by awardwinning young Italian artist Riccardo...

Maddox Gallery presents Simafra art in first ever UK solo exhibition; EDEN

Maddox Gallery presents Simafra art in first ever UK solo exhibition; EDEN

From the 26th January to the 11th February, Maddox Gallery is delighted to present Eden, Simafra’s first ever solo...

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Simafra – Eden

EDEN in association with Bellini Cipriani Private View: 26th Jan 6-9pm Exhibition: 27th Jan - 11 Feb...

Simafra; The Artist that is the Interior Decorator’s Dream

Simafra; The Artist that is the Interior Decorator’s Dream

Simafra is a young, award-winning Italian who only started painting professionally in 2000, and has since become a much...