The Heroine’s Journey of Simona Bramati

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The good thing about my job is that the inspiration does not have timetables! I can paint without marking the tag and without anyone waiting with your breath on the neck!

What is my idea of perfect happiness? I guess it’s to be able to travel infinitely anywhere in the world and get to know millions of shades of colors and scents!

What is my greatest fear? I dont know!

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My life sometimes makes me react with anger, I do not like it, but it is my wrong condition that hurts especially to me!

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? All those people who have come up with their own indole and passion!

What is my greatest extravagance? I walked 1,400 km on foot in Italy for an artistic project and produced a book!

On what occasion would I lie? I cannot remember ever lying! Maybe I’m doing it        now ??

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Talk to people who say something and then do it another!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When a painting, the result of intimate inspiration, is appreciated for its artistic value without double ends.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My pessimistic view towards the world.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My first major exhibition where I exhibited my own painting with artists of the likes of Caravaggio, Rubens, Goya, Bacon, Warhol and many more!

Where would I most like to live? I would like to live for a small period of time in a city like New York … so much to realize what it’s like to have only cement around!

What is my most treasured possession? For a few months a small man named Tancredi.

What is my most marked characteristic? Consistency, perseverance!

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The woods near my house, with the trees I recognize and the wild animals that walk near me, they are my peace and inspiration.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Everywhere you can eat a cuisine made with love and art.

What books influenced my life and how? The Hadrian’s memories of Yourcenar. A passion for the life around Adriano, a journey around a beautiful love story, a soft mix of sensations, simulacriums of heroes and gods. No less important than Patrick Suskind’s Perfume. I have a very developed smell and I can smell almost imperceptible … Sometimes it is a condemnation, sometimes a real fortune. Much of this is described in this book in my opinion in a very fascinating way.

Who are my favorite writers? Tolstoy, Suskind, Yourcenar, Fallaci, De Luca.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Anastasis by Dead Can Dance

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Lady Oscar…maybe…

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? In real life there are the immense heroes that are for everyone, then there are those in the heart that have also performed small invisible actions, but which are important to the growth of every day!

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? There are so many … I do not know how to choose, because I loved them so much, but it would be nice for all children to see Salgado’s “Salt of Earth” at least once in life. More than a movie is a documentary about the life and work choices of a great master of photography and a great man.

What role plays art in my life and work? All my life revolves around the art of any form and nature. It’s my air, without it I can suffocate.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My native family, it was my dog who followed me to every vernissage, now follows me from his world of ultrasound. That’s my collectors.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I’d like to work with Salgado, Bjork, Saville. Would be great.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? Let’s say that the utopian triad above would not be bad !!!

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I look forward to continuing a work started a few years ago and very long to finish it in a short time. A work linked to violence against women, but that does nothing but portray them from just one eye. The project envisions a painting of one eye for every nation in the world, which is why it is a very long project.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? I have a website and

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? If one has a vocation for any form of art can not interrupt it, it would not be a vocation, but a simple work.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Nahui Olin, but she is not there anymore and many have forgotten her unfortunately.

How can you contact me? Through my e-mail

What follows is a message of Peter de Kuster,  the founder of the Heroine’s Journey

What is Your Story?

One Day Tour with Peter de Kuster  in the greatest bookstores of your favorite city. In Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Amsterdam we offer this unique What is your Story? experience.  To (re) write your story about yourself and your work. In the process transforming your capacity to successfully have the creative life and work you love. 

In this journey, Peter de Kuster,  founder of The Heroine’s Journey explores with you the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves — and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our creative business and life.

“Your story is your art, your art is your story,” says Peter. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories — of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our creative challenges, our art, our clients, our money, our self promotion, our time, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we’re capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we’re telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them — and, in turn, transform our very destinies.

Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Peter, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, “In which areas of my creative life and business is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I’ve got?” He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life.

Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Peter’s approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your creative business and life.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up What is your Story? service in the great cities of the world and their great bookstores. A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, the books of fiction that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In two days with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with books so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to books that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; books that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and books to read to take away. Your full story advice and books to read list will follow within a couple of days.


What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of the WHAT IS YOUR STORY? journey.

Journey Outline


  • What is your Story?
  • Are you even trying to tell a Story?
  • Old Stories  (stories about you, your art, your clients, your money, your self promotion, your happiness, your health)
  • Tell your current Story
  • Is this Really Your Story?


  • The Premise of your Story. The Purpose of your Life and Art
  • The words on your tombstone
  • You ultimate mission, out loud
  • The Seven Great Plots
  • The Twelve Archetypal Heroines
  • The One Great Story
  • Purpose is Never Forgettable
  • Questioning the Premise
  • Lining up
  • Flawed Alignment, Tragic Ending
  • The Three Rules in Storytelling
  • Write Your New Story


  • Turning your story into action
  • The Story Effect
  • Story Ritualizing
  • The Storyteller and the art of story
  • The Power of Your Story
  • Storyboarding your creative process
  • They Created and Lived Happily Ever After


The “What is your Story?” one day fee is Euro 995 excluding VAT per person

Questions? Contact Peter de Kuster at 0031 6 33661772 or mail him at



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