About me

Foto Simone MatiasI was born in Santos, Brazil and discovered the art of illustration during the interchange program “Au Pair in America” in 2000. The kids I looked after loved books and I used to read with them before they go to bed. I felt in love with the beautiful pictures and dreamed about working with colors and textures. I went back to my country in 2001, illustrated my first book in 2006 and haven’t stopped since then. I have more than 40 books published in Brazil.

I have studied illustration at the Scuola Internazionale d’Illustrazion in Sàrmede, Italy. Also studied Books illustration and Narrative Image at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, in São Paulo. Painting at Escola Panamericana de Arte (Art School), in São Paulo, XIX/XX Art History at Summit Area Community School in New Jersey, drawing of the human figure at New School University in New York and art history at Pinacoteca de Santos (Museum) in Santos, Brazil. I’m also an art teacher (Drawing, painting and illustration).


  • Participation on Flipinha as quest illustrator. ‘Flipinha” is the kid’s books section of the Paraty International Literary Festival – FLIP.  July 2015. Paraty, RJ, Brazil
  • Exposition “As Cores das Letras – A Ilustração de Livros por Simone Matias” (The Colors of the Words-The illustration of Simone Matias) at Shopping Pátio Iporanga, Santos
  • Collective Exposition  at the 15° FNLIJ Book Fair – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2013.
  • Collective Exposition  at Traçando Histórias 2010 – Porto Alegre Book Fair, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Collective Exposition at Traçando Histórias 2012 – Porto Alegre Book Fair, Porto Alegre, Brazil.