Born on the 12th of February 1954, Mishibinijima is an Ojibway from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world, located in Ontario, Canada. Though given the name James Alexander Simon by the missionaries who could not pronounce his native name, he proudly signs his work Mishibinijima.
The name stands for a very special art form which still surprises and captivates the art world. His paintings depict legends passed on by the Elders over generations, and through these legends move us right into the rythm of existence. No artist has ever demonstrated in such a way the necessary connections which make for harmony in Nature, that we are all interconnected, land, plants, animals and human beings.
The art of Mishibinijima leads us into a world of fantasy, powerful, mysterious and beautiful.