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Born and bred in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Kirsten Sims (b.1987) is an artist with a theatrical and exaggerated style, combining the seemingly ordinary with a curious twist to reveal the whimsy of everyday life.

Sims completed a BA in Applied Design at the Stellenbosch Academy (2011) and completed her Honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University (2014). She lives and works in Cape Town.

Kirsten’s philosophy in life and art is “one thing leads to another”. Her own path has led to editorial and commercial illustration projects; solo shows in Cape Town and Toronto; inclusions in numerous art fairs and group exhibitions.

The narrative quality of Kirsten’s work has lent itself naturally to children’s storybook illustration. Her first picture book, Balthazar The Great, was published by Orfeo Negro and she is in the process of writing and illustrating her second.


Recent Press: Canadian Art Junkie: Middle of Nowhere: The Canadian Edition

Art Africa 2017: SATURN RETURN: In Conversation with Kirsten Sims

Miss Moss 2017: Kirsten Sims

Picturebook Makers 2016: Balthazar The Great