Peter Backhaus

Peter Backhaus, Body with Blue Rectangle, Oil on Canvas, 83 x 70 cm, 2010

Peter Backhaus, Flowing, Oil on Canvas, 85 x 70 cm, 1990

Peter Backhaus, Upprising, Oil on Canvas, 83 x 100 cm, 2017

Peter Backhaus, Reflection, Oil on Canvas, 83 x 100 cm, 2019

Peter Backhaus, Blue Square, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 65 cm, 2015

Peter Backhaus, Energies, Oil on Canvas, 66 x 85 cm, 2019



Peter Backhaus was born in 1947 in former East Germany. His parents moved to West Germany or BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland [Federal Republic of Germany]) in 1950. He grew up in Minden, a small town near Hannover. His father was a taxman and his mother was at home with him and his sister. In 1968 he took his diploma from the secondary school in Lübeck. He moved to Sweden in the same year. There he studied philosophy, psychology, sociology and art history and took his bachelor degree at the university of Gothenburg. During 1973-1978 he studied art at the Hovedskous Artschool in Gothenburg where he later became an associate Professor. In 2000 he became the headmaster and owner of the same school. Since 2014, he has retired and can now dedicate all his time to art in his studio in the countryside.

He is a painter at heart who has always loved to express himself with colors. He started out as a realistic painter and by different experiences in his life, he ended up as an abstract expressionist. However, he believes that if he didn’t study reality like the old masters, he couldn’t develop his abstract expression in painting like this. Since 1980 he has exhibited his art in many different Swedish Art galleries and museums as well as in Swedish and German galleries. His name is well known in the Swedish art community. In 2001, he was chosen to represent painting in the exhibition “Painting & Painting” at Kristinehamns Art museum, Sweden. He was one of 15 primary, contemporary Nordic artists together with Steinar Jakobsen (NO), Max Book (SE), Claus Carstensen (DK), Ann Edholm (SE), Leonard Forslund (DK), Anne Karin Furunes (NO), Rosa Liksom (FI), Micko Maasalo (FI), Mari Rantanen (FI), Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (SE), Olav Christopher Jenssen (NO), Martin Bigum (DK), Marianna Uutinen (FI) and Ragna Robertsdottir (IS).