An international artist and meditation teacher, Kimberly Poppe’s main focus is photography, where she brings together awareness and creativity through the lens of her camera.
Born in Boston, USA, Kimberly has a diverse education in the arts. She studied Art History and she majored in English Literature, Creative Writing and Theatre at Wesleyan University. She was a stage actress in New York City and won the Connelly Prize for Creative Non-Fiction for a piece she wrote weaving her experience of starring in The Sirens, a play about abused women that kill their husbands, with time she spent volunteering in a battered women’s shelter.
In the year 2000, she left the US for France to assist with a European visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and she ended up staying. Immersed in Buddhist philosophy and practice for almost 20 years, Kimberly was personally trained by some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time. She has been teaching meditation internationally for over 13 years and is also the designer and voice of the “clear mind” path on the bodhi meditation app.
Having abandoned her creative practice for her spiritual practice, Kimberly ended up realising that actually they were not so separate. She discovered photography as a portable artistic medium that she could bring with her wherever she was traveling.
Her photographic passion is exploring the art of seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Her in-depth study of perception and the mind directly informs her photography and how she sees and experiences the world. Her work is also greatly influenced by the Contemplative Photography movement.
Represented by UGallery (USA) and Rise Art (UK), Kimberly’s images can be found in private collections around the world. She is currently working on a commission for Brittany Ferries new flagship, the Honfleur, for which she is also an art consultant.
Kimberly currently lives in Amsterdam with her Italian husband, Davide Piai, with whom she often co-teaches, and their two kittens Milo and Zoe.