Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Austrian Alps I was born in 1985 in the western part of Tyrol. Being raised in the small community of Ladis I found inspiration in the picturesque beauty of the fundamental elements of nature. As a child I couldn’t keep my hands off crayons, which would mark the early onset of my mission: to show the world my 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 I started to attend Elbigenalp, a carving school where I spent 4 years continuing to explore my artistic pathway. By delving into different craft techniques and by expanding my skills in various fields I sealed my old fate—I would follow the calling of my soul and devote my life to art.
Travels to Find Oneself
After having found my artistic roots in the solid Tyrolean mountains, I gave in to the natural desire to grow and travelled to India, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand and Laos for longer periods of time. There I could not only satisfy my interest in art history but I also found the kind of inspiration, which would turn out to be vital for my evolving. Numerous experiments with different types of colours and light preceded my 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 my work received 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. I joined the foundation »Freigeischt« and the »Atelier Sonnberg«, both providing me with opportunities not only to build an artistic network and to exhibit my works but also to deepen my practice.
Turn to Poetic Sky Grazers
Just when I 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 me if I would like to decorate one of his music festivals, a task to which I applied my skills and practice in a natural manner. Due to the major success of the connection between my 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.
My ceiling designs are an atmospheric force, 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.
My »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 my paintings the vivid colours reflect my desire for colourfulness in all aspects of life, which I then transforms into an invitation for the viewer to access alternate realms and otherworldly dimensions. I try to capture the sequence of a moment and translates it by using my 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.
Art as a Pathway to the Essence
For spectators of my paintings there is no need to engage in any politically motivated elite thought patterns or the like. The conundrum of my 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.
My 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