Thó Simões

Visual artist | Angola / Brazil

Thó Simões (1973), visual artist, did his art education at the National Institute of Art and Culture (INFAC) in Luanda / Angola and is a graffiti artist working in various art disciplines, including painting, spraying, photography, film, installations and performances.

“I like to observe and expose urban life around me in Africa, particularly Angola, and mix in my works modern art, graffiti, street art as well as traditional and ethnic Tchokwé art.”

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Thó Simões (1973), visual artist, did his art education at the National Institute of Art and Culture (INFAC) in Luanda / Angola and is a graffiti artist working in various art disciplines, including painting, spraying, photography, film, installations and performances. Tho combines in his work the symbolism of old African traditions with the graffiti language from the streets of Sao Paulo and with this he creates his vision on life in African inner cities. In their own country Tho belongs to the national top and is one of the key artists in the international Leba Murals project in which 6000 m2 of murals are realized in the provinces of Namibe and Huila. 

He has participated since 2001 in many solo and group exhibitions in various countries, including Angola, Brazil, South Africa, Ghana, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands. 

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2017

From the South, from the people, incl. performance Papâ Kitumba, gallery Tamar Golan, Luanda, Angola 

Lords of Wind, Galery Mov’Art, Luanda, Angola 

Na’ Jibo –  Mgt Solutions, incl. Papâ Kitumba performance, Luanda, Angola 

Group exhibitions

2015-2019

International ‘Leba Murals -Angola 40 years”-project (6000 m2), Angolese government, Namib and Huila provinces, Angola 

2019

Untitled02Galeria Bano Ecnómico, Luanda, Angola 

ArtUp! Lille, via OpenArtExchange, Lille, France 

Hello 2019!, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam (Rotterdam region), Netherlands 

2018

Fuckin’ Globo V, Hotel Globo, Luanda, Angola 

#Exchange, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam (Rotterdam-region), Netherlands 

25 in 7 tones, incl. Sound installation  #Registo_09172013_purgatorio, Purgatorio, Luanda, Angola 

Fuckin’Globo IV, incl. Performance Congolandia, Mausoleum Dr. António, Agostonho Neto (MAAN), Luanda, Angola 

2017

Black november, The colors of Snake treet Art Festival, SalvadorBrazil 

KaluandandoLuandaAngola 

FNB, Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South-Africa  

Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Accra, Ghana 

Fuckin’Globo III, LuandaAngola 

Artistic residency

2020   

Vila Sul, Goethe Institute, Salvador, Brazil  

2018    

OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands 

Awards

Nominee Angolan government for International Biennale Beijing 2019