Troy Simmons - Artist portrait, photo via

Troy Simmons

United States 1975

Installation, Painting

Troy Simmons
Troy Simmons
United States
June 4, 2016

Inspired by nature and Brutalist Architectural Movement of the 1950’s, Troy Simmons abides by the rule that opposites attract. Exploring the evolution of both nature and urbanism, he creates massive and large canvases with the mix of raw concrete, aluminum, and acrylic paint. In a playful connection of hard and soft, Simmons’ works are often compared to the Arte Povera movement which uses and repurposes common materials integrating them to the art piece. The elements he exploits allow him to physically explore the ideological perceptions of incompatible binary relationships.

Troy Simmons - CBU1, 2015
Troy Simmons – CBU1, 2015

Education and Inspiration

Simmons was born in Texas in 1975. Growing up in the urban neighborhood of Huston he enjoyed to escape and explore the piney woods of East Texas. That is why he developed the affection for architecture and nature at the same time and later gained the education in Environmental Science and Architecture. His work has been exhibited in several solo and numerous group exhibitions, mainly in the United States. One of his series was inspired by his trip to Germany where he was fascinated by the architecture of Rainer Disse’s Feldberg Church in Baden-Wurttemberg on the south of the country. Simmons successfully implemented the fragments of German traditional heritage into the simple geometric construction of modern age.

He was fascinated by the German architecture

Troy Simmons - Durchbruch, 2014
Troy Simmons – Durchbruch, 2014

Questioning the Transience of Human Life

Most of his pieces weight over 100 pounds. Finding his inspiration in the nature that manages to survive despite the negligence of the man, Simmons strives to run the viewers’ imagination in his unique visual translation of incompatible relationships. In the one moment of his creation, he was influenced by devastating Guatemala City Sinkhole disasters of 2007 and 2010 which encouraged him to question transience of human life. These extraordinary mixed media works show both the wake of disaster and people’s struggle for surviving.

Simmons creates extraordinary mixed media works

Troy Simmons - Untitled
Troy Simmons – Untitled

Unbreakable Connection Between Man and Nature

Troy Simmons, as a strong believer in discovery through creation, describes his work as the aspiration to present the unbreakable and important relationship between nature and man. Using concrete, color fields, and organic forms, he reveals the possibility of coexistence of different and opposite entities. The juxtaposition and collision of these elements expose the beauty and deep emotion of unusual connection. Through his work, Simmons also explores social behavior and prosperity, considering personal experience.

The artist is represented by JanKossen Contemporary Art, New York/Basel, Switzerland.

Troy Simmons currently lives in Miami.

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YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016REVISITING BRUTALISM Atrium Art, MiamiSolo
2016Art Boca Raton Boca RatonGroup
2016Art New York New York CityGroup
2016PSYCHEDELIC JanKossen Contemporary, ChelseaGroup
2016JLM Miami Show House- Kampong- MiamiGroup
2015 DURCHBRUCH JanKossen Contemporary, New York Solo
2015ContextArt Miami, Miami Group
2015Scope Miami Miami Group
2015Locust Projects-Smash and Grab Miami Group
20157th Annual ALL Media Biennial Art and Cultural Center, Hollywood Group
2015Art Southampton 2015 BridgehamptonGroup
2015RE-IMAGINED Cornell Museum, Delray Beach Group
2015Art Paris Paris, FranceGroup
2015Scope New York New York CityGroup
2015ART PALM BEACH Palm BeachGroup
2015BURST University of Miami- Wynwood Gallery, MiamiGroup
2014Genesis, Context Art Miami 2014, Miami Solo
2014Scope Miami 2014 Miami Group
2014All orida 63rd Annual Exhibition Boca Museum, Boca RatonGroup
2014Art Hamptons 2014 BridgehamptonGroup
2014Art Southampton 2014 SouthamptonGroup
2014Edge of the World Art House, Delray BeachGroup
2014RE MAC Fine Art, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2014Artopia GALLERY One, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2014Exhibition: Season II Art House 429, West Palm BeachGroup
2014Art Palm Beach 2014 Palm BeachGroup
2014Art Wynwood 2014 MiamiGroup
2014Urbanism: Perceived and Interpreted Coral Gables Museum, Coral GablesGroup
2013Context Art Miami 2013, MiamiGroup
2013Public Spaces Macy’s South Beach, Miami BeachGroup
2013Together We y Audrey Love Gallery, MiamiGroup
2013Two of a Kind Swenson Gallery, MiamiGroup
2013LASR Art Fresh Paint, MiamiGroup
2013Oscar Thomas Foundation’s 15th Annual Keepers of the Dream MiamiGroup
2013Abstractions Gallery 101, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2013Kontempo Kontempo Art Gallery, MiamiGroup
2013Spring ExhibitionArt House 429, West Palm BeachGroup
2012Aspire (TV Network) Launch Gala, New YorkGroup
2012AVA Fine Arts Acoustic Architects, MiamiGroup
2011Art In Empty Spaces II Artistic Productions, Pompano BeachGroup
2011Art on the Boulevard Great Spaces, Pompano BeachGroup
2011Close Encounters II The Cuban Artist Project, Miami Group
2010IMPACT Hardcore Contemporary Art Space, MiamiGroup
2010Art In Empty Space Artistic Productions, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2010Arts Out Loud Gallery 101, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2010Art Night Pompano Artistic Productions, Pompano BeachGroup
2009Basel Satellite Show Miami Art Magazine --Design District, MiamiGroup
2009Untitled Miami Art Group Gallery, MiamiGroup
2009Greener Art Expressions, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2009A Group Exhibit Gallery A, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2009Partners in Art Chameleon Musicians and Broward Art Guild, Ft. LauderdaleGroup
2009Tropical Harvest Artennae, MiamiGroup
2006Modern Forest 12 Forward Productions, Dallas Solo
2004Jubilee Cultural Arts Alliance, Atlanta Group
2003Red River Valley Heritage Art Exhibition Red River Valley Museum, VernonGroup
2002You Don’t Know the Half Of It Main Street Gallery, HuntsvilleGroup