in Cologne, Germany, third generation in a family of renowned
artists, Simone Bingemer has specialized in portrait art since
1993. The desire to express herself creatively, to work with
pencils and colors defined her early childhood. Equipped with
this extraordinary talent she was therefore, aged 16, the youngest
pupil to enroll at the Art Academy of Cologne.
After graduating in 1975 she worked as an illustrator Europe-wide
for various international agencies. In 1995 Simone Bingemer
focused her profession entirely on portrait painting, a wish
long-cherished. Her psychological intuition, her unique trove
of ideas, coupled with the professional dexterity of her craft,
are manifested in her pictures that express a special, large
"Resemblance lies in the eye of the viewer. There is no such
thing - an exact similarity between image and model. Portraits
are therefore always interpretations."
The initial stage of finding her inspiration for the picture
is intensely crucial. Plenty of photographs are taken, from
a selection of which a sketch is then made that is finally transferred
in enlarged form on to her paper. During photo shooting personal
dialogues render for a short while an atmosphere of privacy
and closeness, the direct contact to the model and his/her environment
that is integral for the conception of the idea and subsequent
making of the portrait.
Such is how portraits ensue in which the character of a person
is accentuated with a few requisites and subtle coloring, and
yet with which the viewer is confronted with a secret. Her ability
to create "not just portraits" but also "pictures" have won
her much recognition amongst clients both at home and abroad.
Amongst numerous nominations and prizes she was awarded in 2001
1st Prize in the portrait category of an international pastels
Simone Bingemer lives with her three children in Cologne, where
she also has her studio. 07/2003