Simone von Anhalt was born in Munich, Germany, but emigrated as a young girl to Brazil. During her several years living there, she was markedly affected by local culture; the people’s soul and love for nature remains with her today. Now living once again in Munich with her family, Von Anhalt’s work is distinctly inspired by her childhood in Brazil in addition to her various travels and the works of her father, revolutionary German painter Jürgen Prinz von Anhalt, the inventor of Jet Art–a form of painting that involves using the air stream of a jet engine. Her works talk silently, touching others with their expressive color and size. Von Anhalt’s canvases often focus on gradations of a single color, harmonizing them with languid forms and brushstrokes such that each canvas captures the soulful spirit of Brazil she cherishes so deeply.
Von Anhalt is not limited by the formal dimensions of artmaking, and chooses instead to capture the feelings of time and momentariness. Her paintings connect the viewer with their inner being, unfolding reflective and personal emotions within us. Von Anhalt prefers to work in utter solitude, neglecting outside forces to channel her own inner self onto the canvas. She employs acrylic mixed with pigments, gold, sponges, and palette knives to create these lush canvases. Her studio acts as her refuge, and, as a result, her paintings allow the viewer to take refuge in the way they capture peace and encourage subjective emotion.