Šimon Tavík František (1877 - 1942) was a Czech painter, graphic artist - woodcutter, master of etching and mezzotints, pedagogue at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, founder and chairman of The Hollar Association of Czech Graphic Artists. Its virtuosity excels especially in grain etching - aquatint, which it combined with a soft cover and a dry needle. T. F. Šimon was also a passionate traveler. The exhibition is therefore a record of life in many parts of the world at the beginning of the century - Normandy, Venice, Paris, London, Amsterdam, New York, Ceylon, Japan.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with Maximilian Pirner (1894–1900). As a scholarship holder of Josef Hlávka, he traveled to Italy in 1902 and to Paris in 1903 with Hugo Boettinger. He lived in Paris from 1904 to 1914 and from 1906 he was a member of the Société de la gravure en couleurs. From 1910 he was a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Lonýn. In 1917 he was a co-founder of the Association of Czech Graphic Artists Hollar and a member of the board. In the years 1898–1942 he was a member of SVU Mánes and in 1919 he was its chairman.

During his stay in Paris, he traveled to Spain, England and Morocco, and from 1926 to 1927 he made a trip around the world. In 1928 he became a professor of the newly created graphic specialty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

He has published articles mainly on graphic art in Hollar magazine and published several professional manuals for graphic artists.