Málaga, España, 1970

Simón Zabell was born in Spain of English parents. He studied theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, and painting and sculpture at the University of Granada, where he currently lectures. Since the late 1990s, Zabell has worked primarily in painting and installation, developing projects with strong narrative and scenographic content. He often draws his influence from artists from history including the French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet, to whom Zabell dedicated three of his most ambitious projects, and the Hawaiian born musician Ernest Ka’ai. Zabell translates the works of these artists into a visual medium, modifying the spectator’s relationship with the concept of fiction,

and surreptitiously converts the spectator in to the protagonist, or even the creator, of the piece. He has won awards including an award for Artistic Activity from the Regional Government of Andalusia (2008), Beca Manuel Rivera para las Artes Plásticas, Diputación de Granada, Primer Premio Concurso de Artes Plásticas Gobierno de Cantabria, Beca Iniciarte, Beca Colección CAM, Ayudas Fundación BBVA a Creadores Culturales and in 2015 received the I Premio de Pintura Pepe Estévez. He has exhibited in shows including Museo ABC de Madrid (2015); Casal-Solleric (Palma de Mallorca, 2014); Seven Contemporary Art of  La Haya (2009); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) of Sevilla (2009);

CAC Málaga (2009); Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2013); La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2003); ARTIUM (Vitoria, 2007); Sala El Baluarte, (Pamplona, 2007); El Palacio de los Condes de Gabia de Granada (2007) and the Espacio Iniciarte en Sevilla, (2009). His work also forms part of collections including DKV,  Banesto, Diputación de Granada, Junta de Andalucía, Colección Caja Madrid, Colección CAM, Región Scania (Switzerland), Fundación Rafael Botí, Colección Paradores de Turismo, Fundación el Monte and Ayuntamiento de Pamplona.

Simon Zabell CV