Paulo Simão, born in Santarém in 1973, lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Studied Advertising in IADE, Lisbon.

Works as graphic Designer.

Studied photography from 2013 to 2017 at Ar.Co school in Lisbon (Advanced


– Winner of Bold and Talented program (exhibition in 2024), supported by the BAT Foundation. Fotofestival Lenzburg, Switzerland;

– Oslo Negativ Fotofestival. Winner of Preus Museum Open Call. Old Veterinary College at Adamstuen, Oslo, Norway;

– Selected for Guest-Room for Der Greif magazine, by the German curator Franziska Kunze, Germany.


– Helsinki Photo Festival;

– Thematic Issue Post-photographic Truths: Poetics vs Politics. Vol. 14 Nr. 2 2022. Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. Universidade Católica Portuguesa, School of Arts;

– Getxophoto Festival 2022 invited artist.


– Colective exhibition O Gato Invisível de Tão Preto que Era, with the project Home and Away, Santa Maria Maior Gallery, Lisboa, Portugal;

– Mostra’20, Lisboa, Portugal.


– Photo IS:RAEL 2019, Tel Aviv, Israel;

– Featured in the 12th issue of HANT – Magazin für Fotografie, Germany;

– Kaunas Photo Star Award. Exhibition at Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch, Kaunas, Lithuania;

– Selected for Guest-Room for Der Greif magazine, by the South African curator John Fleetwood, Germany;

– Shortlisted on Getxophoto Festival Open Call with the project Goodbye Pyongyang, Getxo, Spain;

– Finalist of Descubrimientos PH19 Award, PhotoEspaña 2019, Madrid;

– Nominated by Franziska Kunze for the thirteenth edition of the portfolio viewing Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland.

– Fotofestival SOLAR, Fortaleza, Brasil. Selected for the session of projections, with the project Under the sign of Jupiter;

– Published on the number 2 of the magazine Propeller. Project selected from the Open Call Fiction;

– Colective exhibition One Less Too Many, Pass 7 gallery, Lisboa, Portugal;

– Colective exhibition with the project Under the sign of Jupiter, studio 5 D, Lisboa, Portugal;

– Portfolio review Transeurope Photo 2018, Madrid, Spain;

– Take the Picture: Capture, Collect, Photograph, Archive. Andrew Kensett’s Selection for Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, USA;

– Individual exhibition Sublimation, Otoco Studio, Lisbon, Portugal.

– Colective exhibition, Galerie Bohai, Hanover, Germany. Project selected from the Open Call Fake;

– Portfolio review PhotoEspaña 2017, Madrid, Spain;

– JaipurPhoto Festival. Exhibition of the project Goodbye Pyongyang at the Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, India.

– Goodbye Pyongyang Individual exhibition at Fundação do Oriente Goa, Panjim, India;

– Encontros da Imagem 2016. Selected for Discovery Awards 2016, participates in the session of projections, with the project Prozac, Braga, Portugal.

– Delhi Photo Festival , New Delhi,India: Under the theme The Territories of the Portuguese Photography, curated by Angela Ferreira, participates in a session of projections, with the project Goodbye Pyongyang;

– Encontros da Imagem 2015. Selected for Discovery Awards 2015, participates in the session of projections, with the project Goodbye Pyongyang, Braga, Portugal;

– Colective exhibition The Revolution Is on the Street as part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Revolution of 25th April 1974, Photo Municipal Archives, Lisboa, Portugal.

– Colective exhibition Polaroid Park – UFCA – Algeciras, Spain: With the
project “Levitas” – Instant photography with Impossible Project film.

– London Analog Festival: The Polaroid Show collective projection at Doomed Gallery.