Jan 7, 2015

Suzanne Loves Simona Candini Art + Giveaway


I love Simona Candini Art. It's such an amazing shop with beautiful prints and original paintings made by Simona. 


Simona is an Italian artist. With her paintings she brings old fairytales to life in a stunning and unique way.


I've asked Simona a few questions to find out more about her and her art.

1) Your paintings often are a combination of cute and sweet and dark elements at the same time. Could you explain why you're using that combination?

  My personality is a mix of opposite things, so probably this is showing in my paintings too. I like the contrast between opposites, to emphasize the concept behind the cuteness of my drawings. It makes people think and it is something that stirs emotions and I think that this is very important.


2) Where/how did you learn how to paint?

 I did graduate at the Academy of fine Art university in Bologna, Italy, but I consider myself a self thought artist because I've actually learned how to paint and draw myself.


3) Where do you find inspiration?

  I'm inspired first of all by my personal experiences, fairytales, books, music, manga and anime, my favorite artists, movies, by nature, and dreams.


4) Could you tell a bit more about how and why you started selling your art on Etsy?

 I've started to take my art career more seriously when i started to sell my art online in 2010. After a while I started to work with galleries and now I offer my art both trough galleries around the world, and in my online shops. I chose Etsy because it has reasonable fees and I knew a good number of artists with an Etsy shop, so i wanted to try it myself.


  I'm a big fan of anime and manga. I love Simona's faces, they're gorgeous. What I also like is the combination of colors and the kind of emotion every single painting expresses. This wonderful mix makes me want to keep looking at every single painting and drawing.


On Simon's blog you can read the latest updates and see new artwork.


On the website you can find more information about the artist, there's also a gallery and links to the various shops. Besides and Etsy shop Simona also has an Ebay and a Zazzle store.


 Simona will give away a print to one very lucky reader of my blog. Fill out the rafflecopter below to enter and good luck!



    I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international. 

49 comments:

  1. I like several but Viola was my favorite because that was my Grandmother's name.

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  2. Heather PoindexterJanuary 7, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I like the Back to Life print, it spoke to me.

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  3. I like the

    Pocahontas Princess LIMITED EDITION print
    signed numbered Simona Candini lowbrow pop surreal big eyes Fairy tale
    illustration raccoon because I LOVE raccoons and that raccoon is so adorable!

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  4. I love the Cheers! print! I have red hair so that one really stood out to me! :D

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  5. They're all so beautiful, but I love the one with the tiger

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  6. omg - it was hard to pick!!

    i LOVE the Stay With Me LIMITED EDITION print signed numbered Simona Candini "Bones And Poetry" lowbrow pop surreal big eyes sugar skull cat gothic art!

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  7. My favorite is this elephant! https://www.etsy.com/listing/174312511/stitchy-limited-edition-print-signed?ref=shop_home_active_18

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  8. my favourite is the pink unicorn you posted here too i love it because it's cute without teh dark elements^^

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  9. I really like the Cinderella Limited Edition painting. The reason I like it is because this was my favourite character as a child.

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  10. It is really hard to choose a favourite, most of them are just so amazing! I love the creepy+cute mix and would love to win some, and then I can choose ;)

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  11. My favorite is the "Jumping Spider Ride", I love these colors : https://www.etsy.com/listing/126761226/jumping-spider-ride-signed-print-simona?ref=shop_home_active_11

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  12. visited the shop. Love the Circus Of Wonders print. Absolutely adorable!! I simply love everything about it!

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  13. The Maleficent painting is my favorite because she's always been my favorite cartoon character

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  14. I like the Jumping Spider Ride. The colors are so beautiful and its cute shes not scared of the spider!

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  15. My favorite is the 2 headed girl holding the evil pumpkin!! It's wicked! Makes me think of American horror story. Thanks for the giveaway

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  16. Feodor Original painting LAST installment: wickedly stunning!

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  17. Simona Candini's art is stunning. My favorite is the pink deer in the forest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  18. funatyourfingertipsJanuary 8, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    I love the half girl half deer unicorn with the hummingbird because she represents a good friend of mine and I would love to win this to give to her to show how appreciative I am of her always looking out for me. My rafflecopter name is Ashley Nicks. THANX!

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  19. I love the Cheers print because red is my favorite color and the combination of colors in the picture is just perfect!

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  20. Zara D. Garcia-AlvarezJanuary 8, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    I love the Beauty and the Beast print. I love the colour of her dress and the beast's eyes.

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  21. I love Maleficent becuse Sleeping Beauty is my favourite tale!

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  22. Love letter to the other

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  23. This artwork would make great cross stitch

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  24. My favorite is the Maleficent art work because she's my Disney's evil favourite *-* rude and pretty girl!

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  25. Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys)January 12, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    I love the sweet elephant in the Stitchy LIMITED EDITION print.

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  26. I love the Wednesday Addams print, because I've ALWAYS loved the Addams Family!

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  27. i really like the elsa-from-frozen/rapunzel art work, it is so sweet and beautifully drawn!

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  28. livingbelowthecloudsJanuary 12, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    MY favorite is the Wednesday Addams And Thing because it reminds me od my teen goth years and I love Wednesday Addams!

    Rafflecopter username: Joana Bento

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  29. I LOVE the my little pony pegasus unicorn purple horse!! But honestly they are all amazing!

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  30. I LOVE the my little pony pegasus unicorn purple horse!! But honestly they are all amazing! I love it because my daughter and I are huge fans of My Little Pony!

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  31. I love the Wednesday Addams painting: https://www.etsy.com/listing/151461433/wednesday-addams-and-thing-signed-mini?ref=shop_home_active_2


    She's my favorite character from that movie!


    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  32. Christine AgbayaniJanuary 13, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    I loved the girl in the red dress with black hat with heart. Reminds me of the queen of hearts.

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  33. Christine AgbayaniJanuary 13, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    I loved the girl with red hair in the red dress with black hat with heart. Reminds me of the queen of hearts.

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  34. I love so many, it's hard to pick just one. I love Beauty and the Beast a lot though. Reminds me of something from my childhood I can't pinpoint. Love the color and styles of all of these.

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  35. I love this one! https://www.etsy.com/listing/212936936/snow-queen-princess-elsa-limited-edition?ref=shop_home_active_24

    I love the softness of it, and the character is so pretty, I also love the colors that she used :)

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  36. my daughter and i loves the beauty and the beast painting coz belle is so pretty

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  37. My favorite painting of her is "Pocahontas Princess", beacuse it's one of my favorite disney princesses and she portraied it in the best way possible. I really like her paintings because they transmit me a lot of truthfulness from the painter!

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  38. What an AMEZING giveaway ! WOW !
    Thank you, Suze and Simona :-)
    I love the "Spring Magic" - half fairy and half unicorn , I just really love it ! It's so magical ♥
    https://www.etsy.com/il-en/listing/126763509/spring-magic-signed-print-simona-candini?ref=shop_home_active_14

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  39. My favorite is the red haired girl, I love a clockwork orange, gorgeous artwork!!

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  40. I like

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/212940645/snow-white-limited-edition-print-signed?ref=shop_home_feat_3

    because I love Biancaneve.

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  41. I love Simona's art she is amazingly talented

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  42. Love the red head mermaid.

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  43. Stephanie Jo-Ann HarrJanuary 15, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    I Can't Pick My Favorite But The Two Iovery the most are maleficent because she is amazing and I have everything of hers... and. I like the the beauty and the beast one. It's so sweet and sad in the eyes you just want to cuddle with. In love all of them though 😊

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  44. I love all Simona's art but if I have to pick one it would be Jasmine

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  45. Kawaii Kiri has to be my all-time favourite Simona Candini painting. The cute details are so amazing!

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  46. yvonne lostinagoodbookJanuary 16, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Stunning Artwork :)

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  47. I so love all of her paintings, I swear if I won I'd have such hard time choosing just one print!!! (that mentioned, I'd REALLY love to win!!!) P.S. - The siamese twins in the end of the post look great, but really, ALL the paintings are magical!

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  48. AndreaH (Andrea Hamilton)January 18, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    My favorite is the one called Lucky Charms Limited Edition Print. I love the colors and the very clean, sleek look to it. It's also very playful. If I had to choose a second favorite, I would go with the Little Octopus Rider because I love how the colors look neon and really pop!

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  49. https://www.etsy.com/listing/191671601/penelope-limited-edition-25-prints?ref=shop_home_active_16 just its very cute

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