Simone Cassese was born in Rome on 15th February 1997, second son of  Monica Nicoletti and Mauro Cassese, both physicians. From 1998 to 2002 he lived in Turin with his family. In 1999 he showed the so-called “autistic regression” and consequently he was diagnosed with infantile autism. He was treated at “Le Molinette” Hospital in Turin with the supervision of the BHC Institute in Rome. In 2003 his family moved to Rome, where he still lives, and where he was treated at the Istituto di Ortofonologia until 2012. In 2007 he started showing a passionate interest in drawing, which was studied by Dr. Magda Di Renzo’s staff. Dr. Di Renzo devoted part of her book “I significati dell’autismo” (The Meanings of Autism) to Simone and included many drawings made by Simone in her book. From 2004 to 2010 Simone benefited from the Facilitated and Augmentative Communication to cope with his intellectual disability. From September 2013 Simone has attended the Liceo Artistico di “Via Ripetta” in the premises in Viale Pinturicchio. He is now in the 5th class, specializing in Figurative Arts.  

Simone's mother

Simone’s Art

The graphite and coloured pencil drawings, as well as the watercolours by Simone appear to be simple and complex at the same time.  A faint promise makes its way among his titles, such as Woman with coloured eyes, Red Poppy and Cat and Mouse, showing with a child’s caress a system of simple forms and colours; however, as soon as our eyes indulge in the bright and primary colours, fainting here and there, something appears to surprise us. Bambi’s image, despite the mocking title, can be better appreciated lifting the barrier of what is expected. Now it is clear that it has very little in common with the icon of Bambi in children’s imagination. Therefore, at a second glance it reveals a mighty image that catches the eye, leaving us flabbergasted.

Now it is clear that the title announces exactly what we will see, leaving us disoriented, when the second glance will reveal the complex solution of simple pieces. In Boy in a blue bathing suit we do not expect such a construction of the image, where our eyes are caught  with great firmness and questions are posed. Red Girl, Coloured Man and Finger up are images that consult us, asking difficult questions.

In the images depicting animals, such as Two Foxes, The Frog, The Happy Whale, it is maybe even more clear the surprise effect, the existence of an invisible plot that keeps pieces together; we are no longer required to answer questions, they are autonomous images fully depicting relations in the animal world where man is always cut off, since, quoting Carlos Castaneda “despite the efforts to find it, nobody will ever discover the plot that keeps together all this complexity”. [1] Like the one of the deer discovering the beauty and cruelty of the world, this is the story of the man looking for simplicity everywhere; however, looking around him he discovers complexity. Simone is able to turn into images the complex system of the world.

[1] Carlos Castaneda, Il lato attivo dell’infinito, Rizzoli, Milano, 1998, p. 86.

Jasmina Mulalic

some works of Simone Cassese


The images composing this book stem from a special meeting between Claudia and Simone.

​Claudia and Simone explored together creative potentials of the art language. The result was a free relation on creating art, the work table became a round table where inclusive languages were generated and the signs stemmed from continuous complicities.

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