Francesco Simeti (b.1968, Palermo, Italy) lives and works in Brooklyn (New York). He is known for his site specific installations using wallpapers, sculptures and 3D collage. His multi-disciplinary approach presents aesthetically enchanting scenes which often on closer inspection reveal a darker subtext. Simeti appropriates and digitally modifies newspaper and magazine photographs of war scenes, environmental devastation and other acts of violence, re-arranging them to create images with a deliberate visual appeal that raise questions about the very nature of this imagery in contemporary society.
He has shown at various galleries, institutions and other art venues across the world, including his recent solo exhibition Modes of Mapping curated by Lisa Panzera, Shirley Fireman Art Center at BMCC, New York, Big towers curated by Caterina Riva, ICA Singapore, I Sette Messaggeri curated by Ilaria Marotta e Andrea Baccin, Marselleria, Milano, Swell, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn and Armed, Barbed and Halberd-Shaped curated by Nicola Riccardi, Francesca Minini, Milano.
His work is collected by The Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, The Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Civiche Raccolte Musei di Milano, Milan.
Simeti is currently working on multiple public art projects including the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL, the Multnomah County Health Department Headquarters in Portland, OR, the Carcere di Bollate in Bollate, Milan, and the MCC Theater in New York.
He is involved in ongoing design collaboration with Maharam, New York.