Simo is a matte painter/concept designer with experience in films, tv shows and commercials. After graduating in Cinema and Media Engineering in Italy he dedicated one year to learning by himself how to draw and paint. After winning a Master he moved to Hollywood where he attended the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. There he focused on digital sets, animation and vfx. After two years in Los Angeles, studying and working, he decided to finally specialize in matte paintings. In summer 2011 he left sunny California to start a new career in Munich where he is currently living. Since then he has worked as a freelancer, collaborating with Scanline VFX, Trixter, Look Effects, MPC, Mackevision and many other companies. You can find his matte paintings and designs in films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, winner of the Oscar 2015 for best Production Design, Cloud Atlas, Snowpiercer, Pompeii, Independence Day 2 and Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.