Cécile Simonis is a Belgian artist who has lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 2011.
Cécile was born in sunny Belgium in 1984. She studied illustration in Belgium and Italy and later also graduated as an art teacher.
Her work has been shown in Scotland, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands and has won multiple prizes including the W Gordon Smith award and the Visual Artist and Craft Maker award of the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.
‘I am a visual artist who makes prints, drawings, artists books and 3D objects. I am interested in creating open visual narratives and exploring multiple points of view.
My strong interest in graphic novels, cinema and photography is noticeable in my work and my main influences come from these disciplines.
Drawing is always a prominent feature in my work and guides the way I use various printmaking techniques such as cyanotype, screenprinting and stone lithography.
I use the book form and 3D objects to add nuances, fluidity, a variety of angles, elements of time and discovery to my pieces. Using different art forms and scales allows me to present the viewer with a varied, playful and immersive experience.’
You can find Cécile’s work at
The Sutton Gallery
The Marchmont Gallery
Le Comptoir du Livre
Cécile has worked as an art teacher in Belgium, Canada and Scotland. She currently teaches various drawing and illustration classes at The Edinburgh Drawing School.
She also works as a free lance tutor for other institutions such as Edinburgh Printmakers, St Cecilia’s Hall (The University of Edinburgh) and the National Museum of Scotland.
If you are wondering how Cécile makes her prints, check out these great videos with demonstrations and explanations by Edinburgh Printmakers technicians.