Artist: Simon Back

Born in 1966 and brought up in Harare, Zimbabwe. Educated at St Johns Primary School, Peterhouse and ILSA college, was taught art under Helen Lieros. In 1985 went on to study Fine Art at the Cape Technikon in Cape Town, majoring in Printmaking.

Returned to Zimbabwe in 1988 and worked towards his first one man exhibition later that year. Worked continually through to 1991, focusing mainly on painting, but also touching ceramics, welding and printmaking, as well as teaching. In 1992 was invited to work in Zurich, Switzerland, towards an exhibition at the end of that year.

Apart from participation in group shows and work on a mural with Babette Fitzgerald, the following few years were not creatively intensive. In1996 was married and moved to Mauritius Island, working with CTMI, Church Team Ministries International and later had two little girls. The following few years were spent working in shop design. In 2000 found studio space and began work on a series of paintings. At the end of 2002 held a one man exhibition at McGrath Galleries in New York. The following few years worked part to full-time in the firm of Architects ‘No Coffee’ while continuing with painting.

2008 has seen the building of a studio and a return to teaching as well as painting on a more full-time basis.

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YearExhibition
1986Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta
1988Young Artist’s Exhibition
1988Graphics Exhibition
1989Graphics Exhibition
1989Paintings – one man show
1989Summer Exhibition
1990Graphics
1990The New Decade
1990Paintings and Drawings – one man show
1991Summer Exhibition
1991Graphics Exhibition
1992Graphics Exhibition
1992Small Works by Prominent Artists
1993Graphics Exhibition
1993Prominent Artists
1994The Land
1994Prominent Artists
1994Summer Exhibition
1995Gallery Delta 20years
1995Homage to Frederico
1995Summer Exhibition
1996Contemporary Art in Zimbabwe Today
1996Explorations Transformations
1997Prominent Artists
1997Wind Objects
1998Prominent Artists
1998Graphics Group Exhibition
1998Summer Exhibition
1999Eve of the Millennium
2000Gallery Delta 25years
2004The Collector’s Exhibition
2004Works on Paper – Drawings and Graphics
2004Legacy – Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
2005Back to Back – one man show
2005Gallery Delta 30 years, Gallery Delta
2006The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta
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