Malaga, Spain, 1970

Simon Zabell was born in Málaga (Spain) in 1970 to a family of English immigrants. He studied Painting and Sculpture at the University of Granada and Theatre Design at the Slade School in London.

Since the late 1990’s, Zabell has been working using mainly painting and installation to develop projects with a strong narrative and scenographic content, which are often based on works by previous creators; mainly writers such as French author Alain Robbe-Grillet-

-to whom Zabell dedicated three of his most ambitious projects, and musicians such as Hawaian Ernest Ka’ai. Zabell recreates the works of these artists to translate them into the visual medium, and in some manner modify the way they relate to the concept of fiction, and the relationship the spectator may have with this concept. Often, Zabell’s works surreptitiously convert the spectator into their protagonist or even creator.

Solo exhibitions include the Palacio de los Condes de Gabia in Granada, Espacio Inciarte in Seville, CAC Málaga and the Andalusian Centre for Contemporary Art (CAAC) in Seville. Zabell lives in the city of Granada where he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Art. In 2008 he was awarded the Prize for Artistic Activity from the Regional Government of Andalusia.

CV Simón Zabell