Simon Cosmas Michael more commonly known as Simon Rieber (Tanzania) is a filmmaker, visual artist, author and animator. Simon is an award-winning artist. Arist of the year in (2020) on Umoja Awards. His practice is situated in the field of painting, illustration and animation.
In 2021 was named one of the top 10 artists in East Africa art scene. Simon's work has been gaining critical acclaim in the media as he uses the internet and social media as a strategy to question the limiting traditional spaces available for displaying art. Simon's practice has recently been centered on investigating pop culture as a medium which he also explores as public posters. He has exhibited his work in a number of group shows home and abroad. He earned a BFA and MFA in painting and sculpture at the art faculty at Bagamoyo Arts and Cultural Institute.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea. (2018); UFO Gallery, Barkeley, California (2019); Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2019); Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2020) and Camberwell College of Arts, London (2020).
Selected group exhibitions include Made by Tanzanian, Mombasa, Kenya (2021); Project 30: Look At Me, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2021).
Simon was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he currently lives and works.
Written By: Smith Adam.