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Artist Ginda Simpson

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948, Ginda Ayd Simpson is one of twelve children.  She has lived in Italy, Germany and Egypt and has traveled in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Russia, Southeast Asia and China.

Educated in the United States and Italy, Ginda has degrees in Italian and French and an Associate of Fine Arts Degree. In addition to private art studies for many years, she also trained at the Glassell School of Art in Houston.  

Ginda resides with her husband in the Umbrian countryside where she is daily inspired to record the beauty that surrounds her adopted home - with her pen or with her paintbrush. Ginda is a past member of the West Bank Art Guild, the Degas Pastel Society and the Cairo Art Guild.  She has written travel stories for Travel Today Egypt, Travel Today Arabia, Horus Magazine and writes monthly for BCA Magazine, Cairo.  

1987: First Place Award in the American-Italian Extempo Competition in Graphics , New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

1988: First Place Award in the American-Italian Extempo Competition in Graphics , New Orleans. Both prize-winning paintings are now in the Collection of the American-Italian Renaissance Foundation in New Orleans.

1992: Solo Exhibition of her paintings “Hill Towns of Italy” at the Cloister Gallery in Houston and at the Italian Cultural Center.  

1995: “Impressions of Egypt”, reproductions of her paintings, is produced as a calendar sponsored by AECWA, American Embassy, Cairo, Egypt.

1996: Solo Exhibition of her paintings entitled “The Continuing Journey” at Al-Shomou Gallery in Cairo, Egypt.  She also produced a limited-edition signed and numbered poster entitled “Egypt”.

1997: Morning of Light: An Egyptian Journal, her first book, is published under the sponsorship of Bechtel Corporation.  The book is a personal journal of stories and paintings of her life in Egypt.  At the same time, an exhibition of her paintings opened at the American University of Cairo.  During her six-year residence in Cairo, her work was exhibited annually at CSA in Ma’adi.

1999: In a showing entitled “Two Friends – Two Cultures” Ginda exhibited her paintings of Egypt in a two-person show with Ahmed Mansour, a renowned Egyptian artist.   

2001: Her second book, a memoir entitled Deeply Rooted in Faith & Family, was published.

2002: Ginda illustrated the book entitled An Abiding City by Neeman Sobhan, a Bangladeshi writer residing in Rome, Italy.

2009: Her third book, one of stories and recipes, El Marsam Cookbook: An Umbrian Farmhouse and its Kitchen, is published.

2010: Her fourth book, Love Endures All Things - A Journey with "AL"zheimers, is published.

2011: Rooms with a View and its companion book, Italian Wanderlust, are made available in print.

2012: A new edition of Morning of Light - An Egyptian Journal and its sequel, Afternoon of Honey, are published. A Kindle edition of El Marsam Cookbook is published by NimNam Books.

2013: A Kindle edition of Italian Wanderlust: A Traveler’s Journal  is published by NimNam Books.

2014: Kindle editions of Morning of Light  and Afternoon of Honey are published by NimNam Books.

2014: Exhibition, at the Palazzo del Podestà in Città di Castello, of paintings and jewelry in a two-women show with mosiac artist Valerie Zanotto.

2015: Italy: The Beauty and the Feast, a collection of travel stories, is published. Kindle edition of same title is released.

Solo Exhibitions

Severini Gallery, Cortona, Italy, Summer 2004

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Spring 1999

American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, December 1997

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1997

Sahara Gallery, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, March 1997

Al Shomou Art Gallery, Maadi, Egypt, May 1996

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1996

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1995

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1994

“Hill Towns of Italy,” Cloister Gallery, Houston, Texas, 1992

"Hill Towns of Italy,” Italian Cultural Center, Houston, Texas, 1992

 Flite Three, Baltimore, MD, October 1991


Group Exhibitions

“Vicini di Casa” exhibition at Civitella Ranieri, August 12, 2016

"Artisti del Mondo" Mostra di Pittura, Cacciano, Italy, August, 2007

"Through the Eyes of Women: American Artists in Rome, Villa Aurelia, Rome,

May 5, 2006

“Through the Eyes of Women: American Artists in Rome, American Academy in Rome, April 19, 2002

“Percorsi d’Arte 2000”, Mostra d’arte figurativa, San Giustino, Italy, Spring 2000

“Percorsi” 20 Artisti in Mostra, Florence, Italy, Summer 2000

El Hanager Art Gallery for NIDA, Cairo, Egypt, May 1997

Cairo Art Guild - American University of Cairo, Fall 1996

Cairo Art Guild - Italian Cultural Center, Spring 1996

Cairo Art Guild - Al Ahram, Fall 1995

Cairo Art Guild - Spanish Cultural Center, Spring 1995


Private Exhibitions / Fund-raisers

Ministries of the Daughters of St. Mary, Beni Souef, Egypt, 2004

Aghsan El-Karma Center for Handicapped Children, Cairo, Egypt, Spring 1998

Zohny Street Orphanage, Cairo, Egypt, Spring 1997

Moqattam Hills, Maadi, Egypt, Spring 1996

Awlaadi Orphanage, Maadi, Egypt, Spring 1995


Donation of Art Work for Charity / Community Fundraising

Nolan Robinson Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

British Maadi Association for Egyptian Charities

Ministries of the Daughters of St. Mary, Beni Soueif, Egypt

CSA, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Children with Cancer, Cairo, Egypt

Holy Family Church, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Awlaadi Orphanage, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Maadi Community Church, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

NIDA Society, for hearing-impaired children, Cairo

American Employees Cooperative & Welfare Association, American Embassy, Cairo

Women’s Association for Egyptian Charities

Zohny Street Orphanage, Cairo, Egypt

Aghsan El-Karma Center for Handicapped Children, Cairo, Egypt

Maadi Episcopal Church

For more information, contact Ginda.

© 2016 Ginda Simpson  ~ artist, writer, jewelry maker

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