Simone Monney





Simone Monney was born in Zurich, Switzerland

Artist's note

"A brief glance at my past, a quick dip in the shadows of my early years... and I realize just how much painting has always been part of my life.

Drawing and painting have helped me find myself, get my bearings and slip into a mood of meditative serenity conducive to creativity. The saying that abstract artists draw their inspiration from the cosmos’s innermost maze rings true for me. I am self-taught and enjoy endlessly exploring a given theme either via techniques generated by my creative imagination or through logical thought. Mixtures of various materials and their chemical effects or else their naturally harmonious integration within a given composition yield either something rather mysterious and surprising or quite simply the expected result!

You could compare my painting to a musical score where lyrical excerpts appear as spirited and even unpredictable sprays of colourful touches. Just as musical passages can suggest joy, melancholy or sadness, in my work shapes and colours intermingle, spill over and burst out in all directions. At other times, strokes are spare, colours muted and thin, space seems all but empty. Shadows, bright lights, birds, butterflies — all flights of fancy inviting the imagination of viewers to invent its own visual delights.

I am often inspired by the beauties of Nature, not least by Lake Léman which I am privileged to have before my eyes every day.

Lastly, painting allows me to express my emotions and to experience my creative spurts face to face with myself."


In her new series “Eclats de Liberté” (Fragments of Freedom) on Plexiglas, Simone Monney expresses the liveliness of the fanciful spirit, the joy of her urban discoveries, her wink at childhood and adolescence, two phases of life that remain quite present with her… Mythical cartoon figures, movie stars, cult symbols of big cities, are used to support an incredibly diversified range of colors and techniques: collages, metal paints, Chinese ink, hollowing out of substances, invented papers, shines and transparencies, all of this cohabits in beautiful and facetious harmony. The artist narrates and tells it again, ignites the core subject, paints the cities while digging deep into their bowels; you get a feel for the effervescence of the streets, the turmoil of the crowds, discern the labyrinth of buildings – just like you do for its spaces of silence too. All in that she adds a little touch of humor and irony.

This vision that delights the eye – an ode to life, the joy of flight – has allowed Simone Monney to be solicited beyond Swiss borders and to successfully exhibit her works in several countries. Her paintings are truly a reflection of manifest universality, warm and fraternal, through which everyone may find his or her artistic vibration. - - +41 (0)22 366.42.22

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