(January 2, 1950 - February 11, 2013) USA
Edward Nicholas Backes, known to most as Nick Backes was born to George Medford Backes and Billie Mae Backes.
He lived and worked in Oklahoma City, OK, and formerly was a San Francisco's resident. He attended Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA, and previously University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK. He served as Designer and Illustrator for Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) while attending Central State University on full scholarship.
Backes studied art as his major, while minoring in theater. It was several years after moving out from his strict childhood home and only a couple of years after graduating from college when Backes truly found himself in the midst of a successful profession. With a confident mindset, Backes moved to San Francisco to launch what would become a whirlwind career.
Professional Artist and Illustrator with extensive experience in publishing, fashion, advertising, television, and retail industries for over 25 years, Nick Backes was known for creating classic, realistic images for a diverse clientele. Accomplished in pencil, pastels, and oil, he was honored in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City with work in the Society’s Thirty-First Annual of American Illustration. He was commissioned by Italian couture designer, Valentino, to illustrate fashions in the 1983-1985 international advertising campaigns for House Of Valentino, Rome, Italy.
He passed peacefully from this life, surrounded by his family. He Nick was preceded in death by his beloved partner of 35 years, Ron Martin.
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