Some of the Parts

Thoughts on the Works of Simo Neri – Richard Ingersoll, April, 2005 – […] The sum of the parts is  in effect only some of the parts. Yet this method evokes a greater whole that can be identified as the  resonance between the viewer and the phenomenon. As research these works push provocatively on the “doors of perception“. They are precise and objective portrayals of fragments of reality that deny the possibility of seeing objects in space in their three-dimensional integrity. Photography has been used to countermine its own determinedly scopic nature to see things from a different, multiple point of view. Each shot provides a piece of space, but taken together they do not lead to a literal reconstruction of a setting. At the same time that space has been negated, the more ambitious works that hang free-standing propose a basic contradiction: they are installed as spatial definers, shaping the interior environment.



Born in Italy, Simo Neri has lived in California, Paris, and New York, and has recently re-established her studio in San Francisco. Influenced by these different cultures, as well as by studies in art and philosophy, she has been combining photographic and painting techniques since 1978. Neri’s installations of large “photo curtains”, “photo kimonos”, and “photo falls”, are rhythmic and meditative in nature. Her recent work explores new printing techniques on silk, linen, and cotton canvas. Simo Neri’s work has been exhibited and collected in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Wear the city
Feel the city
Be the city!


_THE DREAM SCREEN: THREE PROTOTYPES BY SIMO NERI (2021), 3-Door Gallery, San Francisco, California

_URBAN RHYTHMS (2019), Avenue 12 Gallery, San Francisco, California

_WEARING CITIES at NYCxDESIGN (2014), Industry City, NY

_SEQUENTIAL BEAUTY (2009), lot84, Mt. Kisco, New York

_BHU (2007), MyOwnGallery, Milano

_RECENT WORKS (2006-2007), US Eastern District Courthouse, Brooklyn, New York

_SOME OF THE PARTS (2005), Kiesendahl+Calhoun Contemporary Art, Beacon, New York

_ENTRE CIEL ET TERRE (2004), Ministère des Finances, de l’Economie et de l’Industrie, Paris

_KITCHEN WORKS (2003), Bulthaup Bastille, Paris

_INAUGURATION (2003), law offices Eversheds Frere Cholmeley, Paris

_RID’EAU (2002), FIAP Jean Monnet, Paris

_WINTER COLLECTION (2002), Thierry Mugler headquarters, Paris

_BETWEEN THE LINES (2001), Yume Gallery, Tokyo

_VIRTUAL WOOD (2001), Belcher Gallery, San Francisco

_PASSPORT (2001), Fort Mason, San Francisco; Barker Hangar, Los Angeles

_RECENT WORKS (2000), The Presidio, San Francisco

_THE FACTORY AND ITS DOUBLE (1980), Magazzini del Sale, Biennale di Venezia



_BLACK & WHITE national juried exhibition, (2023), ARC Gallery, San Francisco, California

_SFOS EXHIBITION ART LAUNCH, (2023), SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, California

_ANNUAL BAY AREA ARTISTS' CHOICE, (2023), San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California

_REFUSES OF THE BAY, (2023), Metal Haus Gallery, San Francisco, California

_SALON DES REFUSES, (2023), Four Chicken Gallery, San Francisco, California

_OUR SHELTERING SKY, an installation (2023), The Drawing Room Annex, San Francisco, California

_ADAPTATIONS: EAT ME, DRINK ME, an installation (2022), The Drawing Room Annex, San Francisco, California

_UP IN ARMS and LAND (2022), The Drawing Room Annex, San Francisco, California

_CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Image and Text in Public: the photographic art of Simo Neri and Malcolm Ryder (2022), The Writer's Grotto, San Francisco, California

_RIPPLES (2021), UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California

_THE BIG SHOW (2021), JCO's ArtHaus Gallery, Los Gatos, California

_SF WIDE OPEN SHOWCASE (2021), Somarts Gallery, San Francisco, California

_Artspan Wide Open Studios (2021), San Francisco, California

_MISSION VIRTUAL OPEN STUDIOS (2021), San Francisco, California

_DE YOUNG OPEN (On the Edge) (2020), de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

_FALL VIRTUAL OPEN STUDIOS (2020), Artspan, San Francisco, California

_FALL OPEN STUDIOS (2019), Artspan, San Francisco, California

_SPRING OPEN STUDIOS (2019), Mission Artists United, San Francisco, California

_FALL OPEN STUDIOS (2018), Artspan, San Francisco, California


_SMALLS (2015), Atelier du Fond de la Cour, Paris

_ART CONTEMPORAIN POUR M.R.S. (2014), La galerie du jour Agnès b., Paris

_"WHEN I PAINT A STILL LIFE, I WANT IT TO BE ANYTHING BUT STILL" (2014), Say What Contemporary Art, Tannersville, NY

_"WE LIVE IN A RAINBOW OF CHAOS" (2013), Say What Contemporary Art, Tannersville, NY

_MSTADT (2005), Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

_EX-PEAU (2004), Espace Beaurepaire, Paris

_ENTRE 2 (2004), Alliance Française de Paris

_LIFT TO WONDERLAND (2003), Resodiversion, Paris

_CIEL D’INTERIEUR (2002), Hotel Dieu, Brie-Compte-Robert

_GCC /IGS 5 (2000), World Trade Center, Osaka

_GCC /IGS 4 (1999), Museo de Arte Moderna, Toluca, Mexico

_TRANSPOSITIONS (1994), FIAP Jean Monnet, Paris

_GROUP SHOW (1999) Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco

_ARTE E NUOVE TECNOLOGIE (1984), Electrografica, Pavia

_ENVIRONMENT (1980) Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco

_ELECTROWORKS (1980) Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, New York ;Canadian Center of Photography and Film ; International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY


FIAP Jean Monnet, Thierry Mugler, American Express, Macy’s, SO-AN, Bulthaup, Holland + Holland, O’Design, RATP, Kunsthaus Graz, New York School of Visual Arts