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