Visual artist | Angola / Brazil

Thó Simões

Born in 1973

« 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. »

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.

Profile of Thó Simões

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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Artworks by Thó Simões

Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2018

3rd- Eixo Arte Hall (Rio de Janeiro).

2017

3rd- Eixo Arte Hall, Rio de Janeiro
Art and Culture Foundation, Luanda/Angola
One heart”, Sao Paulo/Brazil

2016

“Art Angola”, galery Fuimicino, Milan, Italy

2015

“Impressionist Mosaic”, Galeria Tamar Golan, Luanda-Angola

2014

Mosaic impressionism”, Galery Tamar Golan, Luanda/Angola

2012

“African portrait”, Hotel Skyna, Luanda/Angola

2010

‘Mirella painting”, Hotel Alvelade, Luanda/Angola

2009

‘Expressions of marks”, Restaurante Zamo, Kinshasa/RD Congo

2008

‘African marks”, Galery INACE, Brazaville, Congo-Brazaville

2007

“Plural dimensions”, Galery Alpha Cadre, Ponta Negra, Congo-Brazaville
“African Art”, Cultural market, Libreville, Gabon

Group exhibitions

2018

VIII International Salon of Plastic Arts, Cia Arte Cultura 2018, Sao Paulo/Brazil

2017

Galery Marly Faro, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Galery de Arte Guiliano, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Hall of fine arts of Naval Club, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Parc of the Ruins, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil

2016

Benetton/ Magíone Foundation, UNAP / SIEXPO
5th edition Young Artists Angola (JAANGO Nacional),  Espaço Luanda Arte (ELA), Luanda/Angola
5th edition Young Artists Angola (JAANGO Nacional),  Espaço Luanda Arte (ELA), Luanda/Angola
“Inauguration”, galery Tamar Golan, Luanda/Angola
Galery Mangala Golf 2, Luanda/Angola

2015

Exhibition and book titled “The face of Angolan comtemporary art/40 years – 20 artists”, published by galery Tamar Golan, Luanda/Angola

2014

1st edition “Cucarte”, Harbour of Luanda, Luanda/Angola
5th anniversary Oondah Bar Fortaleza, Luanda/Angola
“Celamar”Galery Tamar Golan, Luanda/Angola
“Sex Erotism”, Galery Estudio Evilha,Spain

2013

“Cooper Art”, Celamar Ilha do Cabo, Luanda/Angola

2012

“Cooper Art”, Celamar Ilha do Cabo, Luanda/Angola

2011

“The Angolan culture”, Hotel Continental, Luanda/Angola

2006

“Cries of Art, AICA”, National Museum of Kinshasa, DR Congo

2005

“Long live African Art”, Museum of fine Arts, Kinshasa, RD Congo

Artistic residence

2017

Individual, Consulate of Angola, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil

2016 -2017

Individual Espaço Luanda Arte (ELA), Luanda/Angola

2016

Collective, “Sobre Pintura Mural dos Famosos Africanos” Cape Town, South-Africa
Collective, 5th Edition Young Artists Angola (JAANGO), Espaço Luanda Arte (ELA), Luanda/Angola

2015

Collective, “On Form and Portrait “, 1 week, Milan/Italia.
Collective, 2nd Edition ” FENACULT”, Luanda/Angola
Individual, “Feira Cultural”
Galeria Francis Bacon, Curitiba/Brasil
Collective, 1st Edition “Cucarte” festival, Harbour of Luanda, Luanda-Angola.

Awards

2018

Award best International Artist, VIII International Salon of Plastic Arts, Cia Arte Cultura 2018, Sao Paulo/Brazil

2017

Award best International Artist, Foundation Rifa Vencedor, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
Award Viva tarde for best Artist (National television award), Luanda/Angola

2015

Grand award Painting, Biennale Mirelli Italiano 7th Edition, Embassy of Italy, Luanda/Angola

2014

Grand award Best Young artist (national award), ENSA-Arte 12th Edition, Luanda/Angola

2009

Honourable mention, AIDS program (United Nations Development Program), Kinshasa/DR Congo

2007

Honarable mention, Arte Africano (section Plural), Centro Cultural Francês, Kinshasa/DR Congo.

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