Riccardo Prosperi, also known as Simafra, lives and works in Florence, his hometown.
He started painting as early as 2000, working for a famous Florentine workshop of restorers and at the same time studying with Professor Ottavio Troiano. Since 2004 he has participated in competitions and group exhibitions in Tuscany and within a few years, he started exhibiting in Italy and abroad.
Between 2008 and 2010, he lived in Paris and later in Germany, collaborating with numerous galleries: in 2009 he worked with Ken’s Art gallery in Florence, the following year with Galerie Golkar in Bonn and with Infantellina Contemporary in Berlin.
In 2012 he was selected for Art Arsenal, the international biennial exhibition in Kiev and founded La Bottega Moderna in Florence, an independent cultural space that doubled up as the artist’s atelier.
2013 saw him often engaged in London, where he first participated in the group show Odds & Sods at the 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.
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 of the same year 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 were selected by Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London, to participate in the collective “Art Fusion” with which the gallery inaugurated its activity.
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.
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 ArteFiera booth in Bologna.
In May 2017 he presented a new series of works in the solo exhibition entitled Aequilibrium, hosted by Galleria Russo in Rome.
In 2018 the artist realizes, after a short stay in Finland, a series dedicated to Lapland: a work from this series became part of the prestigious “Alessandro Grassi” collection, currently loaned to the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy. At the same time, two other works were on show at the Kakslauttanen Museum in Finland on the occasion of their group exhibition. In collaboration with Russo Gallery in Rome he participated in “ArteFiera” in Bologna and “ArtVerona”. Moreover, the Italian art magazine “Exibart” contacted him in order to publish his works in the “222 Emerging Artists worth investing in 2018”.
With 2019 Simafra begins a new path in the States, through the London Maddox Gallery, which exhibits his works in their new gallery in Los Angeles. At the same time a new collaboration begins with the Belvedere Art Space gallery in Beirut.
In March of the same year, Maddox Gallery of Mayfair in London organizes the event “An afternoon with Simafra”, a presentation of some new paintings by the artist.
In collaboration with the XXV edition of Artigianato e Palazzo, entitled “Memories of Russia in Florence”, Simafra will make 10 sculptures of the “Mother Earth” series which will be exhibited in the Corsini Garden in May 2019.