Full Biography

Anthony Sims (October 11, 1998) is an American contemporary painter born in Southaven, Mississippi (MS), but moved to Lewisburg, MS, after his father was deported back to Mexico in 2006. Anthony grew up with his mother, older brother, and older sister. He graduated from Lewisburg High School in 2017.

Anthony emerged in Memphis, Tennessee, with his first show at the Brooks Museum of Art in 2017. During the summer of 2018, Anthony made his way into several street shows put on by local organizers in Memphis. At the beginning of 2019, Sims landed his first official magazine publication in The Pinch Journal from the University of Memphis and his first gallery show at Jack Robinson's Gallery. 

Anthony Sims had several complications in 2019 and he left Memphis on the verge of homelessness. Anthony drove 16 hours to New York City where he met Diana Vachier. After leaving New York in July, Anthony Sims moved to Dallas, Texas. The following October, Diana inducted Anthony Sims into the American Pop Art collective created by herself and the late Steve Kaufman.

LA Producer NugLife began commissioning cover artwork from Anthony in November 2019 with the first project being "Long Flights" with Issa Gold. In March of 2020, Kate Cherry the executive director of the Meridian Museum of Art accepted Anthony's artwork into the Meridian Museum of Art's permanent collection making Anthony one of the youngest artists to ever be accepted into a museum's permanent collection. Sims met with Kate Cherry in June of 2020, to donate the works to the museum. Anthony Sims left Steve Kaufman's American Pop Art collective at the end of 2020. 

In January of 2021, Anthony was accepted on to the SuperRare marketplaceAnthony's painting and NFT video "Not sure about myself, I am certain" sold on SuperRare for $99,973 on May 14th. From June to October 2021, Anthony toured and held exhibitions in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Austin. Sims' was also featured in his first international show in London, UK, at the end of 2021. 

Anthony's first studio space, apart from his home, was opened up at the beginning of 2022 in what is known as the Tin District located in Dallas, TX. Anthony was one of five artists featured in “Another Dimension: Digital Art in Memphis,” as well as spoke on a panel discussion about NFTs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. In September of 2022, Anthony held his first international solo show in Mexico City. The show featured five paintings and five NFTs.  

 

Resources:

Time Out Mexico (Mexico City, MX)

The Memphis Flyer (Memphis, TN)

Fort Worth Weekly (Fort Worth, TX)

Memphis Business Journal (Memphis, TN)

Fort Worth Magazine (Fort Worth, TX)

D Magazine (Dallas, TX)

Fort Worth Business Press (Fort Worth, TX)

Desoto Times-Tribune (DeSoto County, MS)

Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)

The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)