Simone Couto is a conceptual artist born in Brazil and based in the United States. She investigates how identities and biographies are negotiated and constructed through the poetics of hospitality, relationship, reciprocity, and belonging. Her body of work reveals a commitment to both individual and collective-collaborative engagements with communities and places of ecological importance. Walking, creating space for experiences, documenting stories, and the creative process are meditative and artistic practices both in situ and in exhibitions.
Simone Couto holds a BA in Living Arts and an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts. She has been part of several residencies such as ISCP, MASSMoCA Museum Studios (twice), and the Hafnarborg Fine Arts Museum in Iceland. She is a current New York Council for the Arts (NYSCA) Fiscal Year 2021 Individual Artists advisory panelist. She has served as the artist residency advisory panelist for the Studios at MASS MoCA, MA, since 2019. Couto has shown nationally and internationally, including the Science Museum of Seoul, South Korea, and several NYC places, such as PioneerWorks and Electronic Art intermix (EAI). Her works are in a few collections, such as the NY Public Library.