SANDRO SIMEONI, CINEMATO/GRAPHIC PAINTER
Painting, Cinema and the Graphic Arts have been the worlds through which Sandro Simeoni has journeyed for half a century. He was one of the most important and prolific Italian Cinema Painters and for a solid fifty years had worked incessantly on sketches, illustrations and graphics for thousands of movie posters, daily placing his talents at the service of the Seventh Art.
In parallel, he furthered his own artistic pathway creating works shown and praised in various exhibitions all across Italy, allowing in this manner, his art to be appreciated and sought after to this day around the world.
Sandro Simeoni was born in 1928 in the Province of Ferrara, in the town of Migliarino (today the Municipality of Fiscaglia). Upon reaching majority age, he moved to nearby Ferrara where he enrolled at the "Dosso Dossi" Art Institute and where, right from the start, he frequented the Pubblicine Studio founded by one of its most renown professors, the sculptor Laerte Milani. In this period, young Simeoni, along with being involved in a lively work activity as designer at the Milani studio, actively collaborated with various Ferrara satirical journals: "Il Vampiro", "La Nuova Scintilla", "Gioventù in Lotta", for which he mostly drew the portraits and caricatures. Many of these drawings would become part of the great bulk of works, about 600 pieces in all, exhibited in 1948 at Ferrara's Municipal Theater, in what would be Sandro Simeoni's first major solo exhibition. It was a great success with a huge draw of public; the local press wrote about the “psycho-humorous” art of “Ferrara's answer to Walt Disney”.