Bio

Photographer Kir (Kirill) Simakov (b.1984) is a multidisciplinary artist.

From Al Pacino and Ralph Fiennes to Megan Fox, from Michail Gorbachev to Zurab Tsereteli, Kir Simakov is known for capturing the magnetism, inner phycological state, and emotional depth in his subjects, creating a connection and a unique dialogue between them and the viewer.

Kir specializes in urban, architecture, and landscape photography. He searches for the beauty of the built and natural environments, seizing rare moments of the vibrant atmosphere of a city or a landscape.

Born in Moscow, studied in New York, and worked in Europe.

 

Education:

2006 – Moscow State Regional University, Faculty of Indo-European languages, Moscow, Russia

2012 – Marketing for photographers, NY Institute of Photography, the USA

2018 – Portrait Photography, NY Institute of Photography, the USA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 – “BORISLAV STRULEV AND FRIENDS”, Belgorod Philharmonic, Belgorod, Russia.

2017 – “NEW YORK OR NOWHERE”, Cultural center “Design factory”, Moscow, Russia.

2018 – “Outstanding People. Portraits on Skateboard decks”, Cultural center “Design factory”, Moscow, Russia.

2018 – “PEOPLE.CITIES”, supported by WESTWING and the Nastenka Charity Fund, “Gallery Moscow”, Moscow, Russia.

05/2021 – Personal exhibition “PEOPLE. CITIES”. (part 2), Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russia.

08-09/2021 – Personal exhibition “MY MOSCOW”, Gallery of Gorky Park’s Museum, Moscow, Russia.

05-06/2022 – Exhibition “CONTEMPORARIES”, Highest Library in Europe (89th Floor), Moscow, Russia.

07-09/2022 – “PEOPLE. CITIES” (part 3), Art Gallery “Window to Art”, Moscow, Russia.

10/2022 – “LUMINARIES”, Alchemy Gallery, Milan, Italy.

12/2022-1/2023 – “PERSPECTIVE ABSOLUTE”, Prosvet Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

01/2023 – “BERGAMO FAVOLOSA”, Cultural Center of San Bartolomeo, Bergamo, Italy.

08/2023 – “MY MOSCOW’23”, Art Gallery “Window to Art”, Moscow, Russia.

08/2023 –”ORIZZONTI DI PACE”, Church of the Holy Spirit, Bergamo, Italy.

09/2023 – “CITADEL”, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russia.

09/2023 – “CITTA IMMAGINARIA”, Cultural Center of San Bartolomeo, Bergamo, Italy.

Exhibitions and Art Fairs 

2018 – Exhibition booth at ArtFair in Tampa, Florida.

2019 – Exhibition booth at RedDot during ART BASEL, Miami, Florida

2020 – Exhibition booth at Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China.

09-11/2021 – Exhibition stand “theNINE” at StArt VENICE, Venice Biennale, Italy.

11/2021 – Exhibition stand “MOTION” at Salvador Dali IL VIAGGIO Exhibition, Cantu, Italy.

04-06/2022 – Exhibition stand “MOTION” at VENICE ART’22, Venice, Italy.

05-06/2022 – “Quiet Noise” series at Enlightenment exhibition Biennale in Yaroslavl, Russia.

12/2023 – Virtual stand at Spectrum Miami during Art Basel, Miami, Florida

Awards  

2018 – 2020 – Member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America)

2018 – 2019 Official Ambassador of Leica Camera in Russia.

2020 – MIFA’20 Bronze Prize for “Architecture” photos.

2020 – Member of the Photographic Society of America.

2021 – TIFA’21 Bronze Prize for “Architecture-Cityscapes” photos. 

2022 – TIFA’22 Official selection and Honorable mention for “People and Portrait” photos.

2022 – Member of the Association of National Professional Photographers of Italy.

2023 – Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Arts (Branch of the latest art trends)

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Portraits & commercials

Selected clients

Maximilian London, Context by Diana Vishneva, Leica Camera, Mazda Rus, TCI Agency, NIDO Interiors, GitzoRus, Vitra, DSG Apparel, Suzuki Rus, Lexus Rus

Celebrities portraits

Woody Allen, Elie Wiesel, Paul Walker, Steven Seagal, Al Pachino, Romero Britto, Megan Fox, Ralph Fiennes, Alec Monopoly, Michael Flatley, Theodore Mann, Mark Kostabi, Blue Man Group, Marcelo Gomez, Diana Vishneva, Lang Lang, Rymas Tuminas, Vladimir Etush, Michail Gorbachev, Vasiliy Lanovoi, Yuriy Solomin, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Zurab Tsereteli, Michail Gorevoy, Mark Zakharov, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Irina Apeksimova, Vladimir Naumov, Boris Ephimov, Genrich Borovik,  Vera Vasilieva, Maya Plisetskaya

 

Photo works of Kirill often decorate the covers of famous publications, printed in newspapers and magazines.

Gear

Camera: PhaseOne IQ4 + Sony a7rIV 

Film Camera: Hasselblad 500cm 

Drone: DJI Mavic Mini 2

Tripod: Gitzo

Tripod Head: ArcaSwiss Cube + ArcaSwiss P0

Light System: Profoto A1X + Profoto A2

Backpack: NYA-EVO FJORD’36 + Shimoda Explorer V2 

Hardware: Mac Mini M1 + MacBook Pro 16″ M2 PRO

Display: BenQ SW271C

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