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Simone Matias

Illustrator based in Santos, Brazil

I was born in Santos, Brazil and discovered the art of illustration during the interchange program “Au Pair in America” in 2000. The kids I looked after had many books that I used to read to them and I felt in love with the beautiful pictures. I’m an illustrator with more than 60 published kid’s books in Brazil and 12 years of experience.  


I have studied illustration at Scuola Internazionale d'Illustrazione – Sàrmede, Italy (2006),  Art history and Esthetics Appreciation at Pinacoteca de Santos (museum), in Santos SP, Brazil (From 2010 to 2012) and live drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art, New Jersey, USA (2017).

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Latest exhibitions


  • Exhibit “Mulheres Impressões de corpo e Alma” (Women: body and soul). Cadeia Velha in Santos (historical site), SP

  • Exhibit “Fabulário Fantástico”, at La Casita, in Santos/SP


  • The illustrations for the book “livro João, Joãozinho, Joãozito, o menino encantado by Cláudio Fragata” were given the “Catedra 10”, a label granted by UNESCO and PUC-Rio University.


  • Book Tatu-Balão, by Sonia Barros and illustrations by Simone Matias, selected to be part of the Leia para uma Criança project (Read to a child project). 


  • Quest illustrator at Flipinha, the kid’s books section of the Paraty International Literary Festival - FLIP.  Paraty, RJ, Brazil


  • Exhibit “As Cores das Letras - A Ilustração de Livros por Simone Matias” (The Colors of the Words-The illustration by Simone Matias) at Shopping Pátio Iporanga, Santos/SP .


  • Collective Illustration Exhibit at the 15° FNLIJ Book Fair - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


  • Collective Illustration Exhibit at Traçando Histórias 2012 - Porto Alegre Book Fair, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


  • Collective Illustration Exhibit at Traçando Histórias 2010 - Porto Alegre Book Fair, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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