Simona Cali Cocuzza was born in Catania in 1959. She was educated in Catania, Lausanne and Paris. She resides in Catania and Milan.
In 1980 Simona enrolled in the Faculty of Political Sciences at Catania University. At the same time, she attended the photographic studio of Letizia Battaglia and Franco Zecchin in Palermo and started working for some local newspapers such as L’Ora, Il Giornale di Sicilia and for the national magazines L’Espresso and L’Europeo.
In 1986 she traveled through South America nine months, making many “reportages”. In Peru she made a report on the track of “Sendero Luminoso” published by Panorama Mese. In Colombia she followed the itinerary of drug traffickers in the Amazonian Forest. She also made a report on the Indians massacred by General Stroessner for King. After her return to Italy L’Espresso, Epoca and Atlante published pictures of her South American journey.
In 1986 she went to Central America and during her five month stay, she followed the Civil War in Salvador. Simona photographed refugees from Salvador and Nicaragua living in camps in Honduras. She then traveled to Nicaragua. These reportages were published by Corriere della Sera Magazine 7 by Marie Claire and King. At the same time The New York Times Magazine published a reportage of Salvador with her photos. One of these photos was published in February 1989 by Life as “The Photo of the Month”. The same photograph was published by Stern on the “Yearly Almanac” dedicated to the best pictures of 1989.
Simona photographed a picture story about the repatriation from Angola to Namibia of the ex-Swapo guerrilla fighters (Namibia Liberation Army) for A.C.N.U.R. (High Commissariat of the United Nations for Refugees).
Simona traveled to South Africa to photographed portraits of the women who have been fighting apartheid for many years which were published by Marie Claire. She traveled back to Namibia in March l990 to cover the celebrations of the independence of this last African colony.