Zoltán Somhegyi

Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi (born 1981) is a Hungarian art historian currently based in Izmir. Since finishing university in 2006 he has been active as an independent art historian, art critic and writer. As a researcher of art history and aesthetics, he is specialised in 18th- and 19th-century art and art theory, having written his PhD-dissertation on German Romantic landscape painting.

His other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts, art market trends and art communication. He curates exhibitions, and participates in international art projects. Since its foundation he has been working for Art Market Budapest – International contemporary art fair. In the last years, with the help of different scholarships, he has conducted research in Venice, Bologna and Berlin, and he regularly lectures in Hungary, Italy, Germany, Turkey and elsewhere.

He is the author of three books (The Ways of Landscape. Walkabouts Around a Genre. Budapest, 2008; The Impenetrable Beyond: The landscape painting in German Romanticism. Budapest, 2011; The Szalóky-Collection. Budapest, 2011), 12 catalogues, and more than 200 articles, critiques, essays and art fair reviews.

After teaching at various universities in Hungary, and as Assistant Professor at the Izmir University, he is now based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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