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Biography

Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Austrian Alps Simon Hafele was born in 1985 in the western part of Tyrol. Being raised in the small community of Ladis Simon found inspiration in the picturesque beauty of the fundamental elements of nature.

As a child he couldn’t keep his hands off crayons, which would mark the early onset of his mission: to show the world his very own perception of the complexities of life in a bright and colourful way.

What started as a vague yet undeniable hunch became clearer when Simon started to attend Elbigenalp, a carving school where he spent 4 years continuing to explore his artistic pathway. By delving into different craft techniques and by expanding his skills in various fields Simon sealed his own fate—he would follow the calling of his soul and devote his life to art.

After having found his artistic roots in the solid Tyrolean mountains, Simon gave in to the natural desire to grow and travelled to India, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand and Laos for longer periods of time. There he could not only satisfy his interest in art history but he also found the kind of inspiration, which would turn out to be vital for his evolving. Numerous experiments with different types of colours and light preceded his unique style—a visual language that translates the in-between, the transcendental experience of (yet) unexisting worlds into intriguing paintings with bright and often fluorescent colours, leaving behind an unmistakable trace of recognition.

Soon Simons work received the well-earned attention and got exhibited in the »Galerie Theodor von Hörmann«, the »Old Fire Station Gallery« or the »Wholesale Gallery of the Imster Bergl«, to name a few. He joined the foundation »Freigeischt« and the »Atelier Sonnberg«, both providing him with opportunities not only to build an artistic network and to exhibit his works but also to deepen his practice.

Just when Simon was about to become Psy-Pix life brought on some difficulties, which in retrospective were necessary to present an opportunity for transformation. What seemed like a last resort by the time, turned out to be a game changer. A friend asked Simon if he would like to decorate one of his music festivals, a task to which the artist applied his skills and practice in a natural manner. Due to the major success of the connection between Simons art and music many more followed, including events in Vienna, London, Zurich and Munich. In 2015 »Vision Scientist« was born, a project dedicated to creating huge ceiling designs for festivals, and soon there were bookings lining up from the most famous Psytrance festivals in the world, like »Antaris Project« in Berlin—Germany, »ReSPect Festival« in Brazil, »UNITY Festival« in Israel, »Kosmos Festival« in Finnland and many more.

Simons ceiling designs are an atmospheric force, they are not simply blending into the location, they are more than mere decoration. These huge poetic sky grazers respond and interact with the music, they cooperate with the dancer leading him towards higher spheres of existential energies and frequencies.

Simons »Visionary Psychedelic Art« is a practice, where the artist—following the ancient Greek meaning of the term »psychedelic«—reveals his soul and shares his insights of a nonmundane reality. In Simons paintings the vivid colours reflect the artists desire for colourfulness in all aspects of life, which he then transforms into an invitation for the viewer to access alternate realms and otherworldly dimensions. The artist captures the sequence of a moment and translates it by using his unique aesthetics, resulting in paintings where beauty and complexity at first sight seem to compete effortlessly with one another. When daring another glance the viewer realizes there is no competition, there is only unity.

For spectators of Simons paintings there is no need to engage in any politically motivated elite thought patterns or the like. The conundrum of his breath-taking work reveals itself by surrendering to feeling: like in life—love, the mother of all emotions—is all spectators need to decode the overwhelming sceneries in Simons paintings. His works consume the viewer, offering a tender relationship between artwork and spectator, where they can lose themselves, wander in multiverses and simultaneously float back to the present moment, only to find more pathways down to the essence of life: truth.

Due to the circumstances regarding COVID19 Simon started to shift his focus from ceiling designs for festivals to paintings. His works have recently been part of numerous online exhibitions worldwide. In the near future Simon will be a guest artist at the University of Cyprus.

 

 

Awards, Exhibitions, Publications, Interviews

2021 Art Show International, Los Angeles, USA / Solo Exhibition 

Art Magazineium, Belgium / Publication [upcoming]

Camel Back Gallery / Bronze Award

Prisma Art Prize, Italy / Nomination Finalists

MVibe Magazine / Publication

Artavita Contest, Santa Barbara, USA / Finalist

 

2020

123 Art Magazin / Interview

Marvelous Art Gallery / Online Exhibition

»Created in Isolation«  Light Space & Time / Online Exhibition

»Modern Art« Grey Cube Gallery / online show 2020 / Honorable Mention

Art Room Gallery / Colors Exhibition

 

2017 Daler Rowney UK / Sponsoring

Previous Events:
29.02.2019 Intact Expanda / Hamburg / D
21.02.2020 Pachamama Dance / München / D
15.02.2020 Hans Bunte / Freiburg / D
30.01.2020 10 years of psybox / Innsbruck / A
18.01.2020 Dreamscape / Frankfurt / D
31.12.2019 NYE Budapest / H
20.12.2019 Aum Events / Dornbirn / A 
12.12.2019 Spirit Playground / Linz / A
06.12.2019 Psybox Asterix / Innsbruck / A
30.11.2019 Mutualism XXL / St.Pölten / A
22.11.2019 Crispy Ländle Special / Wien A
16.11.2019 Integral Seeds / London / UK
09.11.2019 Hans Bunte / Freiburg / D
05.10.2019 Cultur Move / Kulti Wetzikon / CH
27.09 Mondton / Sakog / A
21.09.2019 Earthdance / Zürich / CH
14.09. Traumtänzer / A
30.08.2019 Spherica Festival / Wiesen / A
16.08.2019 Psybox / Ibk / A
05.07.2019 Psybox season closing / Innsbruck / A
27.04.2019 SameRoots / Landeck / A
29.03.2019 Fidelis Birthdaybash / Innsbruck / A
23.03.2019 Blacklight Rec. Label Party / Turin / IT 
02.03.2019 Intakt Expanda/Hamburg/D
16.02.2019 Same Roots / Landeck / A
02.02.2019 Psybox / Innsbruck/ A
19.01.2019 Same Roots / Landeck / A
18.01.2019 6 years Aum / Dornbirn/ A
12.01.2019 Psychedelic Impact / Freiburg / D
29.12.2018 Same roots/Zams/A
20.07.2018 Sonica Reloaded/ Slovenia
06.07.2018 Seeds of Freedom Portugal
24.06.2018 medulla oblongata/ Poland 
01.06.2018 Symbolic / Graz / A
25.05.2018 ELEMENTS Festival / Aistersheim / A
19.05.2018 Momento Demento Festival Teaser / SaKog / A
20.04.2018 Magic Castle / D
02.04.2018 Kulturfabrik Wetzikon
10.03.2018 Braunschweig / D
03.03.2018 Solar Tech/ Hamburg/ D
16.02.2018 Psybox / Innsbruck / A
13.01.2018 Dreamscape / Frankfurt / D
05.01.2018 Psybox / innsbruck / A
25.12.2017 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
01.12.2017 Raumklang Meets Hans-Bunte / Freiburg / D
18.11.2017 Heartbeat pres. Sunset crazy dreams / Passau / D
12.11.2017 Graffiti unplugged / Ried / A
04.11.2017  Somnabul / Hamburg / D
24.10.2017 Psybox / Innsbruck
15.10.2017 Crystal Matrix / Portugal
06.10.2017 Drop Out Experience / Augsburg / D
07.07.2017 Kosmos Festival / Finnland
30.06.2017 Antaris / Stölln / D
27.04.2017 Respect Festival / Ihla Comprida / BR
01.04.2017 Respect preparty /Freiburg /D
19.03.2017 Collision/Italy
04.03.2017 Intakt Expanda / Hamburg / D
13.01.2017 Aum Events / Dornbirn / A
31.12.2016 Rote Fabrik / Zürich / CH
25.12.2016 Confusion / Zürich / CH
03.12.2016 Psy-Doors / Brueglen / CH
19.11.2016 Synergetika / Innsbruck / A
12.11.2016 Elb elfens Glitzerwelten / MS Stupnitz / Hamburg
05.11.2016 Farbspiel / Triberg  / D
04.11.2016 Wien
29.10.2016 Mia´s Wonderland / Friedrichshafen / D
08.10.2016 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
24.09.2016 Forrst In The Mind / London / UK
03.09.2016 Insomnia Festival / Portugal
15.07.2016 Antaris / Stölln / D
18.06.2016 SonnbergArtDay / Imst / A
28.05.2016 Traumtänzer Vol.2 / Zams / A

28.05.2016 Alice im Wummerland / Mannheim / D
26.05.2016 Respect Arte e Cultura / São Paulo / BR
23.04.2016 Monton / Trimmelkam / A
02.04.2016 DaDa100dada / Atelier Sonnberg / A
19.03.2016 Synergetika / Innsbruck / A
05.03.2016 Mystica / Zürich / Ch
27.02.2016 Intact Expanda / Hamburg / D
18.02.2016 Austellung Abschied-Sterben-Neubeginn / Imst / A
06.02.2016 Love of Progressive IV / Zug / CH
16.01.2016 Shanti 100th / Rom / IT
09.01.2016 Stomping Goats / Kufstein / A
31.12.2015 Odysee / Berlin / D
25.12.2015 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
13.11.2015 Graffiti Unplugged / Ried i O./ A
17.10.2015 Fabric of Space / Vienna / A
10.10.2015 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
02.10.2015 Conrad Sohm
13.09.2015 Rising Spirit Festival / Israel
05.09.2015 Gstört im Park / Innsbruck / A
03.09.2015 Insomnia Festival / Portugal
27.08.2015 Psy-Fi / Netherlands
18.07.2015 Mana Festival / Imst / A
09.07.2015 One Love / Filisur / CH
03.07.2015 Antaris Projekt / Stölln / D
20.06.2015 Sonnberg Art Day / Imst / A
10.06.2015 Ausstellung Schnitzschule Elbigenalp
16.05.2015 - 7 years progressive selection / Vienna / A
08.05.2015 - One Love meets Sakog / Trimmelkam / A
25.04.2015 - Schmox - Day of the Tree / Grub / D
14.04.2015 - Psylutions / Ulm D
27.03.2015 Momentum / Linz / A
21.03.2015 Ruhestöhrung / Innsbruck / A
21.03.2015 Salon d´artist / tag der 
offenen tür  / Atelier Sonnberg
14.03.2015 Magic Union Ritual / Portugal
14.02.2015 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
07.02.2015 Blackout Vol.2 / Pfunds / A
30.01.2015 Aum Night / Dorbirn / A
17.01.2015 Blackout Vol.1 / Pfunds / A
05.01.2015 Mondton / Timmelkam / A
25.12.2014 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
06.12.2014 Mischgeschick / Innsbruck A
28.11.2014 Elves Birthday /Hamburg / D
14.11.2014 Ins Mittn / Straßkirchen / D
14.11.2014 Schloss Siegmundsried
08.11.2014- Psychedlic carnival / Zürich / CH
24.10.2014 Kunststrasse / Imst / A
17.10.2014 Fabric of Space / Vienna / A
11.10.2014 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
02.10.2014 Intact Expanda / Hamburg / D
27.09.2014 Insane Vision / Innsbruck / A
12.09.2014 Children of the Future / Greifenstein / A
25.07.2014  Mana Festival Imst / A
03.07.2014 Spiritbase / Rajka / H
21.06.2014 SonnbergArtDay / Imst / A
05.06.2014 Psychedelic Circus / Strohkirchen / D
31.05.2014- Digital Mind Travel / France
03.05.2014- Dornbirn / A
26.04.2014- Psykamboomka / London / GB
11.04.2014 6 Years Psycana / Vorarlberg / A
05.04.2014  Mystica / Erstfeld / CH
29.03.2014 Hypnotika / Feldkirch / A
21.03.2014 Freaks Invasion 2 / Fieberbrunn / A
14.03.2014 Interactive Base / Wien / A
28.02.2014 Soundlab Pirats 3rd Anniversary Vienna / A
21.02.2014 Ecstatic Ritual / Münster / D
15.02.2014 RAUMKLANG meets MYSTICA / Zürich / CH 
14.02.2014 Psybox Birthdaybash / Innsbruck / A
01.02.2014 Dirty Beats / Pfunds / A
18.01.2014 Secrets of the Universe / Ancona / IT
30.12.2013 Psybox NYE / Innsbruck / A
25.12.2013 Raumklang / Zürich / CH
22.12.2013 SpiritBase Birthday / Vienna / A
29.11.2013 - Synthesia meets Echosphere / Vienna / A
09.11.2013 - Progressive Meeting / Pfunds A
31.10.2013 - Alice im Wummerland / Mannheim / D
26.10.2013 - Progressive Selection / Vienna / A
19.10.2013 - TempelFest / Stuttgart / D
12.10.2013 - Raumklang / Erstfeld / CH
04.10.2013 - PSYCHEDELIC TRILOGY III / Vienna / A
28.09.2013 - Squeaky Instruments / München / D
21.09.2013 - Earthdance Dietikon Zürich /CH
14.09.2013 Mogli & Jango / Zameralm
27.07.2013 Underground Movment / Vinschgau / IT
04.09.2013 - Freqs Of Nature / near Berlin / D
06.08.2013 / Ozora / H
22.06.2013 - Burning Mountain Festival / CH
11.05.2013 - Alpine BOOOOM / Bozen / IT
30.04.2013 - Beltane / Almtal / OÖ / A
06.04.2013 - Psychedelic Interference / Berlin / D
15.03.2013 - Magic Union Festival / Sever do Vouga /  PT
08.03.2013 - Mystica / Erstfeld / CH
16.02.2013 - TheDisciplesOfPsykaia / London - UK
09.02.2013 - Śhānti / Rome / IT
26.01.2013 - Yaga-Ball / Vilnius / Lithuania
18.01.2013 - CORTEX & SYMPHONIX / Dornbirn / A
12.01.2013 - Progressiv-X / Bülach / CH
31.12.2012 - Raumklang / UG Bülach / CH
24.12.2012 - Psybox / Innsbruck / A
01.12.2012 - Magic Dreams VI / Hamburg-Schenefeld / D
17.11.2012 - Lalenty / Innsbruck / A
03.11.2012 - NOVEMBER RITUAL*** 10 years @ Deli-Maria-Magdalena / Berlin / D
26.10.2012 - Lucid Dreams / Vienna / A
13.10.2012 - Raumklang / Bülach / CH
29.09.2012 - Spirit of the Plants II / Haag / NÖ / A
14.09.2012 - Children Of The Future vol11 / Greifenstein / A
31.08.2012 - Rajka Beach / Rajka / Hungar
25.08.2012 - Avatara Festival / Schwaz / A
18.08.2012 - ANDERSWELT- Quetzalcoatl´s Return /Salzburg / A
04.07.2012 - Fullmoon Festival Freqs of Nature / near Berlin / D
28.06.2012 - Burning Mountain Festival / Zernez / Ch
06.06.2012 - Spiritbase Festival / Rajka / H
25.05.2012 - Rote Fabrik Zürich / CH
12.05.2012 - Evolution Family / Florenz / I
05.05.2012 -  Planetorium / Bürglen / CH
28.04.2012 - Intersomania Sound of Parvati / London / UK
21.04.2012 - Blacklightcrew B-Day  / Innsbruck / A 
13.04.2012 - Psybox Tales from the Crypt V / Innsbruck / A
07.04.2012 - Galactic Timeline Festival / Innsbruck / A
31.03.2012 - Psybox Elements of water II  / Innbruck / A
17.03.2012 - Schwarzlichtgewitter / Passau / D
10.03.2012 - Mystica / Erstfeld / CH
24.02.2012 - Triple Fish & Dolphins / Vienna / A
21.01.2012 - Audiodesign Realeseparty / Buelach / CH
30.12.2011 - Psybox NYE / Innsbruck / A
24.12.2011 - Blacklightcrew Xmasbash / Innsbruck / A
10.12.2011 - **BLUE TUNES** -meets- **SPIN TWIST** 
03.12.2011 - Space Invaders / Zizers / CH
25.11.2011 - ErroR 404 presents : CHAOSCUP 2011 / Hamburg / D
19.11.2011 - Psychedelic Carnival  / Zürich / CH
12.11.2011 - Insane Vision / Innsbruck / A
05.11.2011 - November Ritual / Berlin / D
31.10.2011 - BassIntoxication pres. Hell-o-weeN Spezial ***ORESTIS*** / Innsbruck / A
29.10.2011 - Space Invaders / Wels / A
15.10.2011 - Phreneticus Psyko B-day / Salzburg / A
08.10.2011 - BLISSFUL ANNIVERSARY III / Calha Do Grou / Pt
02.10.2011 - ANARCHY & LIBERTY V pres.DEVIANT FORCE-a dark trip. / Munich / D
01.10.2011 - Insane Vison / Innsbruck / A
22.09.2011 - Further / Madrid / E 
17.09.2011 - Psybox V PEAK RECORDS LABEL PARTY/ Innsbruck / A
20.08.2011 - Dark Forrest / Sautens Ötztal Tirol / A 
29.07.2011 - Age of Aquarius / Eisenerz / A
18.06.2011 - Elements of water / Innsbruck / A
11.06.2011 - Summer Vibes / Obergünzburg / D
11.06.2011 - BassIntoxication pres. SUMMER BBQ SPEZIAL / Innsbruck / A
01.06.2011 - Spirit Base / Ernstbrunn / A
21.05.2011 - Butterfly Effect / Zizers / CH
14.05.2011 - Life is Life / Innsbruck / A
06.05.2011 - Membran Beachparty / Vienna / A
06.05.2011 - Blacklightcrew B-Bash / Innsbruck / A
22.04.2011 - Macic Cave Easter Special / Bülach / CH
22.04.2011 - Love For Live / Vienna / A
09.04.2011 - Insane Vision / Innsbruck / A
02.04.2011 - Membran Beach Party / Vienna / A
26.03.2011 - 5 Years Fractal Rec. / Biel-Bienne/ CH
19.03.2011 - Insane Vison / Innsbruck / A
12.03.2011 - Blissful Multiverse / Almeirim / Pt
05.03.2011 - Mystica 2011 /  Erstfeld (UR)/ CH
26.02.2011 - Twisted Vision ll / Zizers / Ch
18.02.2011 - Mondton / Trimmelkam / A
Sa  26. 02.11 Twisted Vision / Zizers / CH
Fr  18.02.11 Mondton meets Paradise Festival  st.pantaleon / trimmelkam/ A
Fr  28. Jan. 11 Mind Mutation / Graz / A
Mi  05.Jan. 11 Nakara Mets BPM / Stuttgart / D
Fr  31.Dez. 10 Acid Monkey NYE / London / UK
Fr  24.Dez. 10 Blacklightcrew X-Maasbach / Innsbruck / A
Sa 18. Dez. 10 Radio Bäng-Bäng / Wetzikon / CH
Fr 10. Dez. 10 Membran Eröffnungs Festival / Wien / A
Sa 27. Nov. 10 Doors of Perception / Haag / Nö / A
Sa. 30 Okt. 10 Lucid Dreams / Wien / A
Sa 23. Okt. 10 Electric Fusion / Obergünzburg / D
Fr 15. Okt. 10 Anarcho & Liberty LV / München / D
Sa 02. Okt. 10 Insane Vision / Innsbruck / A
Sa 11. Sep. 10 Bass Protection Dark Psy Attack / Vöcklabruck / A
Fr 03. Sep. 10 Renaissance - Electronic music/art festival / Mändelpass / I
Fr 27. Aug. 10 Avatara Festival / Innsbruck / A
Do 01. Jul.10  Hadra Trance Festival / Lans en Vercors / F
Fr  25. Jun. 10 Bergtanz lV / nähe Innsbruck/ A
Mi 02. Jun. 10 Spirit Base Festival / Rauchenwarth / A
So 23. Mai. 10 Psycoticum / München / D
Sa 22. Mai. 10 Electro Panic / Obergünzburg / D
Sa 15. Mai. 10 Lucid Dreams Dark du Solei-Devils Mind Recordlabel Party/ Wien / A
Sa 10. Apr. 10 Twisted Vision / Zizers / CH
Fr 02. Apr. 10 Vestalia / Part ll / Wien / A
Fr 12. Mrz. 10 Blacklightcrew Winterbach / Sölden / A
Sa 27. Feb. 10 Lucis Springel Ding / Time to revenge / Rheineck / Thal / CH
Sa 20. Feb. 10 Lelenty / Innsbruck / A
Sa 06. Feb. 10 Insane Vision wich Terranoise /  Innsbruck / A
Sa 30. Jan. 10 Psy Museum Steyrermühl / OÖ / A
Do 24.Dez. 09 X-Mas Dance 24 - 27 dec.09 Vorarlberg / A
Fr 27. Nov. 09 Fractal Energy 3 Release Gathering on 2 nichts / Biel-Bienne / CH
Sa 07. Nov. 09 Mura Mura / Innsbruck / A
Sa 24. Okt. 09 PeCoYoTe all / Imst / Tirol / A
Fr 16. Okt. 09 Anarcho & Liberty 3 / München / D
Fr 09. Okt 09 Bergtanz 09 / nähe Innsbruck / A
Fr 11. Sep. 09 Fantastika-Psychedelic Trance Festival / Dalaas / Vorarlberg / A
Sa 29. Aug. 09 Sagarmatha Open Air / Zams A
Sa 22. Aug. 09 Carpe Noctem / Ried i O. / A
Fr 07. Aug. 09 Pe-Coyote / Imst / Tirol / A
Do 02. Jul. 09 Tscheytscheyone / Imst / A
Sa 21. Mrz. 09 Space Technologies 4 / Kloten / CH
Sa 07. Mrz 09 Green Tara / Nürnberg / D
Sa 14. Feb. 09 Space Technologies 3 / Kloten / CH
Sa 17. Jan. 09 Arkona Creation Perkuneya lounch event / London / UK
Sa 10. Jan. 09 Wo die Wilden wohnen / Trimmelkam / OÖ / A
Mi 31. Dez 08 Acid Monkey NYE / London / UK
Do 25. Dez. 08 Kotumba Beatz 5 / München / D
Sa 15. Nov 08 Insane Vision With Whicked Hayo / Innsbruck / A
Sa 25. Okt 08 K.N.E.C.H.T / Wien / A
Do 02. Okt. 08 Anarchy & Liberty 2 / München / A
Sa 20. Sep. 08 Delicious Tribe / Innsbruck / A
Fr 20. Jun. 08 Bergtanz / nähe Innsbruck / A
Fr. 18. Apr. 08 Infrashall Labelparty / Innsbruck A
Fr. 29. Feb. 08 after 30 years of MÄF / Reutte / Tirol / A