Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Austrian Alps Simon Hafele was born in 1985 in the western part of Tyrol where he found inspiration in the picturesque beauty of the fundamental elements of nature. As a child he couldn’t keep his hands off crayons, a passion which he continued to pursue while attending Elbigenalp, a carving school with a 4 year duration. There he could explore his artistic pathway, causing Simon to seal his own fate—he would follow the calling of his soul and devote his life to art. After having travelled to India, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand and Laos for longer periods of time, Simon brought back the kind of inspiration, which would turn out to be vital for his evolving. Numerous experiments with different types of colours and light preceded his unique style—a visual language that translates the in-between, the transcendental experience of (yet) unexisting worlds into intriguing paintings with bright and often fluorescent colours, leaving behind an unmistakable trace of recognition.
In 2015 »Vision Scientist« was born, a project dedicated to creating huge ceiling designs for festivals, and soon there were bookings lining up from the most famous Psytrance festivals in the world, like »Antaris Project« in Berlin—Germany or »ReSPect Festival« in Brazil. Simons »Visionary Psychedelic Art« is a practice, where the artist reveals his soul and shares his insights of a nonmundane reality. In Simons paintings
the vivid colours reflect the artists desire for colourfulness in all aspects of life, which he then transforms into an invitation for the viewer to access alternate realms and otherworldly dimensions.
The conundrum of his breath-taking work reveals itself by surrendering to feeling: like in life—love, the mother of all emotions— is all spectators need to decode the overwhelming sceneries in Simons paintings. His works consume the viewer, offering a tender relationship between artwork and spectator, where they can lose themselves, wander in multiverses and simultaneously float back to the present moment, only to find more pathways down to the essence of life: truth.
My art should captivate the viewer so that he can get lost in the vast horizons of the present. The emotions I want to pass on with my paintingsare also the only trigger behind them, why people might identify with my paintings. Truth is what I want to spread and is what people should feel or encounter when decoding my works. I will not let myself, nor my art, down on the spectrum of political or elite thoughts.
The layers I aim at are way above that and deal with conciousness and the highest off all. LOVE.