Brazilian born artist Simone DeSousa has held her studio practice in Detroit since 1999. She has exhibited extensively in the Detroit area and nationally, and her work is part of several private and public collections, including the University of Michigan, Compuware, BonSecours Hospital, Precision Capital, and Luciano Benetton Collection. She is also the founder of Simone DeSousa Gallery and EDITION, a gallery and art project in Cass Corridor, Midtown Detroit, since 2008, where she has organized and presented almost one hundred exhibitions. DeSousa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Brasilia, Brazil.
Simone DeSousa’s abstract painting works emerge from the artist’s ongoing interest in the investigations of the nature of reality, combining different references such as ancient yoga and modern science’s study of the phenomenon of consciousness. In deliberate visual juxtapositions that oscillate between minimal gestures and intricate compositions, the works point to the inseparability of the seemingly opposite stages of emptiness and manifestation. The bases of the works, integral to the compositions themselves, defy the limitations of the edge and expose the base material itself, suggesting relationships both inward and outward-moving.