PETER BACKHAUS IN AESTHETICA – ISSUE 108 – 2022
Peter Backhaus was born in 1947 in Germany. In 1968 he emigrated to Sweden where he studied philosophy, psychology, sociology and art. In Gothenburg he had his own art school.
For Backhaus painting is survival; to keep sanity, like Trauma Work. His paintings are internal images. They don’t tell about everyday life, temporary feelings or experiences from reality. They come from a level beyond time and space, beyond the personal ego, where complete stillness and total chaos coexist. They are like layers in the archetypal landscape, which are deep inside of each person, regardless of culture or color.
Backhaus’ art wants to reconnect and spread optimism regarding the human psyche’s ability to bring about change in the same way art has helped him to process his personal German history.
Since 1980 he has exhibited his art in many different European galleries and museums, as well as in China.