Born in Munanira, Burundi, in 1992, Bahati Simeons is an artist of Belgian and Congolese descent. Currently based in Ghent, the self-taught painter creates bold, vibrant and figurative works heavily inspired by her African heritage. Her work has been featured in exhibitions from Madrid to New York to Cape Town and been in demand from clients such as Selfridges and INQUE Magazine. We featured Simoens’ work on WePresent and spoke to the artist about her work, and the effect her childhood, family holidays and mother’s heritage have had on the paintings she creates.
“I’d still love everybody to enjoy my work, but I mostly want to hold up the mirror to make Black people feel seen, while still being aware of the hurt and the pain – in a soft way.”