Konstantin Simun was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1934. He studied sculpture at the secondary school of Arts at the I.Repin Art Institute (Leningrad), then at the Tallinn Art Institute (Estonia), and from 1953 to 1957 at the I.Repin institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture .
In 1958 he became a member of the Artists' Union of the USSR.
Since 1988 he has been living in the USA.
Simun has created numerous works which have been widely exhibited throughout Russia and the United States.
He is the author of the 1966 monument "Broken Ring" (near St. Petersburg, Russia), which brought him international recognition, and is acknowledged as one of the most significant memorials of World War II.
K. Simun's works are in the permanent collections of Russia's largest museums, such as the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moskow, the State Russian Museum in St.Petersburg, the Perm Gallery in Perm and others, as well as in private collections.
His work "Totem: America" was exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, from 1993 to 2002, and brought him great popularity.
He is the author of the Memorial to puppeteer I. Fokin installed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2001.
2005 International Dyagilev Prize “For Devotion to Art”, St-Petersburg, Russia
1990 The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc. grant, New York
1989 The Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant, New York
1957 Laureate of World Youth Festival, Moscow, USSR
“Mr. Simun is among New England’s most respected sculptors, and a cultural treasure of both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston”
Nicholas J. Capasso, Curator of the DeCordova Museum and
Sculpture Park, 2003
“Konstantin Simun is that rare brand of artist who can only make sense of the world around him through work. He pays no attention to fashion – in fact. I think he is incapable of perceiving it. He is not driven by theory, by ambition, or by habit. Quite simply, he needs to handle materials, in the same way most of us need to eat or breathe or sleep.”
Ken Shulman, Art Critic and Writer, Boston, Catalog 1998 Zalman Gallery's Exhibition
“Simun’s works immerse the viewer in the atmosphere of intense creativity involving the spiritual, conceptual, plastic, and technical planes of art. This is the only atmosphere Simun loves to generate for his audience and the only one he himself can breathe.”
Alexander Borovsky, Director of the Department of Contemporary Art, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, ”World of Design”, 1 (14), 1999, St.Petersburg
“As for me, his works possess the main merit: they embody the essence of the things, it means that they live, exist independently, not only because they depict or illustrate certain objects, ideas and feelings. They are such by themselves.”
Dmitry Shakhovskoy , sculptor, “Decorative Art of the USSR” #6, 1990.
“Among the young sculptors from Leningrad, we shall first mention K.Simun, who is not only a professionally mature sculptor, but also an artist with his own world of images and perceptions, whose works are distinguished with a sense of purpose and unity […] The unity of his vision, the uncompromising quality of his artistic will, K.Simun happily combines with innate, organic feel for the material”
Tatiana Manturova, Director of the Department of Soviet Sculpture, State Russian Museum, St.Petersburg, “The Art” #5, 1967, Moscow