Conor Backman


By Exhibition:

-A Reflective Eyeball

-Circular Garden


-Late Painter/New Paint

-Mrs. Fibonacci’s Traditional False Color Broccoli with Orange Sauce



Conor Backman (b.1988) earned BFAs in Sculpture and Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. He currently lives and works in New York, NY. Backman co-founded Reference Art Gallery in Richmond, VA, which operated from 2009-2012.

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A Clock and Map Minute, University Art Museum, University at Albany, SUNY
Minium Paintings, Super Dakota, Brussels

Circular Garden, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
A Reflective Eyeball, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA

late painter/new paint, Retrospective, Hudson, NY
Emiter, James Fuentes, New York, NY

Mrs. Fibonacci's Traditional False Color Broccoli with Orange Sauce, Annarumma, Naples, Italy
Incident Report Viewing Station, Hudson, NY


Inaugural Exhibition, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY
The Certainty of Others, curated by Cynthia Daignault, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Abandoned Luncheonette, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY

Ekphrasis, yours mine & ours, New York, NY
Olimpia's Eyes, Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA
Onion by the Ocean, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
Works from the Collection, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin
Salon 57, 247365, New York, NY

826NYC Exhibition & Auction, David Zwirner, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Leo XIII, Tilburg, Netherlands
Unhide, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA
“<< < > >> (vol.2)”, Super Dakota, Brussels

The Go Between: Works from the collection of Ernesto Esposito, Capodimonte Museum, Naples, Italy
Evelyn Yard, London
NEWD Art Show, The 1896, Brooklyn, NY
Raster Raster, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles, CA
Fruits, Flowers, and Appliances, LVL3, Chicago, IL

James Fuentes, New York, NY
F(re)e Play, Stadium, New York, NY
Welcome to the Real, {TEMP}/Nurture Art, New York, NY

Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, Higher Pictures, New York, NY
Almost Famous, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
VCU Police Presents: The Grand Closing of REFERENCE Art Gallery, REFERENCE, Richmond, VA
The Untouchables, Saamlung, Hong Kong


Virginia Commonwealth University
BFA, Sculpture and Extended Media, 2011
BFA, Painting and Printmaking, 2011


Andrew Gehr West Scholarship, VCU Painting Department Faculty Award, 2011
Dean's Scholarship, VCU School of the Arts, Spring 2010
Honors Painting, VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking, Fall 2009
Charles Renick Scholarship, VCU Sculpture Department, Spring 2009
Tyler Binsted Scholarship, VCU Sculpture Department, Spring 2008
VCU Provost Scholarship, 2007



V Magazine, “Hedi Slimane's New York Diary Part Two”, March 23, 2017
Albany Times Union, “Two artists at UAlbany exhibit take different paths”, February 23, 2017
i-D, “why new york’s young artists are leaving the city and moving upstate”, December 6, 2016
Artsy, "Conor Backman Channels Trompe L’Oeil and the Hudson River School into Contemporary Paintings" January 26, 2016
Wut Mag, interview with Allison Fonder, January, 2016
Huffington Post, "The Best Art to See in L.A. This January", January 7, 2016
Culture Vulture, interview, November, 2015
Artspace, "6 Artworks to Invest in This October" October 14, 2015
Widewalls, "Contemporary Painters Whose Work You Should Know, October, 2015
Huffington Post, "15 Artists to Watch in 2015" Steven Zevitas, December 16, 2014
New American Paintings, No. 116, Northeast Issue, Juried by Michelle Grabner
Info-Punkt, "Meeting" interview with Hendrik Niefeld, December 6, 2014
New American Paintings, "Mirror Stage" interview with Stephanie Cristello, March 5, 2014
Art in America, "The Perils of Post-Internet Art" Brian Droitcour, Oct. 30, 2014. (Reference Art Gallery)
Huffington Post, "6 'Postinternet' Artists You Should Know" March 5, 2014
Art Papers - July/August 2013 Conor Backman: The Other Real, by Erin Devine
Baltimore City Paper, Trompe Le Monde, Baynard Woods, April 10, 2013
Bmore Art, Art Shadows, Mac Falby, April 11, 2013
Sculpture Center - Sculpture Center Tumblr April 2, 2013.
L Magazine - "8 Great Brooklyn Artists Under 30" March 13, 2013.
Chris Schreck - "STUDIO VISIT: Conor Backman" Dec. 30, 2012.
INDI Berlin, James Shaeffer - "Conor Backman: Exposing the Sublime in the Mundane" Nov. 19, 2012.
Washington City Paper , Kriston Capps - "Emerging at (e)merge: Conor Backman" Oct. 6, 2012.
Digimag , Robin Peckham - "Post Internet e Post Gallerie: Conor Backman e la Reference Gallery" 2012.
The Artblog, Alison McMenamin - "Thinking about materials, memory and process at Little Berlin" 2011.
Vincent Uribe and Allison Kilberg - "Artist Of the Week." LVL3 2011.
Paddy Johnson - "In Our Masthead: Conor Backman." Art Fag City May 2010.
Baltimore City Paper, Alex Ebstein - "Extra Ordinary: Group show spotlights the everyday wallpaper of these restless times" June 2010.