The Simões de Assis Art Gallery, founded in Curitiba in 1984 by the architect Waldir Simões de Assis Filho, is focused on modern and contemporary art.
In addition to the exhibitions held in its spaces, the gallery develops projects with museums, collaborating in the organization and curation of exhibitions of the represented artists. It participates in the main fairs of Brazilian art, and it publishes books and art catalogs through its own publishing company.
In 2002, under its curation and coordination, the gallery published "Cícero Dias: A Life by Painting", with works made by the renowned Brazilian painter over eight decades of production.
In 2006, under its organization and curation, it created the exhibition “Cícero Dias - Eight Decades of Painting” at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, in Curitiba, Brazil. Considered the largest exhibition ever held on the artist, it compiled 200 works coming from museums and national and international collections, all reproduced in a book published at the time.
Abraham Palatnik, Alfredo Volpi, Ângelo Venosa, Arcângelo Ianelli, Ascânio MMM, Bernard Frize, Bruno Giorgi, Carmelo Arden Quin, Célia Euvaldo, Cícero Dias, Eduardo Sued, Elizabeth Jobim, Gonçalo Ivo, Iole de Freitas, José Bechara, Jaildo Marinho, Manfredo de Souzanetto, Marcos Coelho Benjamim, Siron Franco and Tomie Ohtake are some of the artists that the gallery exhibited throughout its history, holding works of many of them in its collection.
For the various represented contemporary artists, the gallery represents with exclusivity in Brazil the work of the modernist Cícero Dias (1907 - 2003) and the Uruguayan master Carmelo Arden Quin (1913-2010), founder of the Madi group. Both of them have lived most of their lives in Paris, where they actively participated in its artistic and cultural environment.