Fifteen years ago, when Swiss painter Simone Monney hosted her first exhibition in Switzerland, she was brand new to the art scene. Now, Simone is known as a prize-winning painter whose brightly coloured artworks are exhibited around the globe.
A graphist turned painter, Simone always had a love for art and design. She worked for many years at a renowned fragrance company in Switzerland, and her position as a graphic designer inspired her creatively. However, with an innate talent and growing desire to enter the art world, Simone would go on to leave behind her corporate career and reinvent herself as an artist. Her artworks—with elegant abstractions and juxtaposing styles—have an impromptu look that pulls the viewer into them. Best described as a union of the senses, her paintings are inspired by her changing surroundings, using different mediums, brushes, and techniques to translate her sensory experiences into art. Simone’s skill really lies in capturing a moment in time, distilling everything she sees, hears, and feels into colorful, stunning artworks.
Simone has different styles of expression, and in her lyrical series she elaborates her canvases like a musical composition. Frank touches of colors and unpredictable lines suggest delicate interiority and, at the same time, real vitality. Simone uses mainly Chinese Ink, acrylic colors, and collages of rice paper to bring depth into her lyrical paintings. Simone has been asked lately to paint during a piano concert in Zurich, where she created 8 artworks during the whole concert. An amazing experience for her and the audience.
During these difficult times in which our habits have been shaken and we’ve been forced to stay at home, Simone decided to create even more colorful and cheerful artworks. For her, colors have an impact on our overall well-being. In her new series, called “play of light,” Simone uses metallic pigments, which allow the viewer to see different shades and forms, depending on the impact of the light. She mixes acrylic colors with these pigments to get a stronger impact on the colors.