Simafra’s 2017 opened with Eden, the first solo exhibition for the artist in London, hosted in January by Maddox Gallery. The same gallery later choose some of his works for the group exhibition Modern Masters. Maddox Gallery also participated at Art Across Borders, the Bahrain International Fair, while Galleria Russo put Simafra among the artists hosted at its Arte Fiera stand in Bologna.
In May 2017 he presents a new series of works in the solo exhibition entitled Aequilibrium, hosted by Galleria Russo in Rome.
Since 2016 he has been working with Maddox Gallery in London, with which he attended the Houston Art Fair, and Galleria Russo in Rome and Istanbul. In the same year he took part in the group show Erranti Erotici Eretici, organized by the Vacchi Foundation at the Castello di Grotti in Siena, and at the same time returned to exhibit in Pietrasanta, at Ex-Marmi, which hosted the solo exhibition Humus in August.
In 2016 he also worked on his first site-specific installation entitled Autostima and exhibited within the group exhibition Ecosistemi at the Biagiotti Progetto Arte Foundation in Florence.
In march 2015 the Parisian Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart hosted his first solo exhibition. With the same gallery he participated in numerous fairs around Europe.
During May he first presented at Palazzo Panichi in Pietrasanta (Italy) his project Le Quattro Stagioni, four canvases of monumental size, that later in 2015 were also on display in the prestigious context of Palazzo Gianfigliazzi-Bonaparte in Florence.
In December 2015 some of his works are selected by Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London, to participate in the collective “Art Fusion” with which the gallery inaugurates its activity.
Between 2008 and 2010 Simafra lived in Paris and later in Germany, working at the same time with many galleries: in 2009 with Ken’s Art Gallery in Florence, the following year with Galerie Golkar in Bonn and with the Infantellina Contemporary gallery in Berlin. In 2011, on the other hand, the artist returned to Florence, where he exhibited at Le Murate and at Galleria Il Bisonte.
In 2012 he was selected for Art Arsenal, the international biennial of Kiev and he founded in Florence La Bottega Moderna, an independent cultural space that doubled up as the artist’s studio.
The year 2013 saw him often committed in London: there he took part in his first english group show, Odds & Sods, at Art Moor House Gallery, and later he exhibited at the Cadogan Contemporary Gallery.
Finally, in 2014 he started working with Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart in Paris.
Riccardo Prosperi, also known as Simafra, began painting in 2000, working for a famous Florentine workshop of restorers and simultaneously studying with professor Ottavio Troiano.
In 2004 he took part in his first competitions and group exhibitions around Tuscany and in a few years he began to exhibit in Italy and abroad.