Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi is a Hungarian art historian currently based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Since finishing university in 2006 he has been active as an independent art historian, art critic and writer. As a researcher of art history he is specialized in 18-19 century painting, having written his PhD-dissertation about German Romantic landscape painting.
Apart from being an art historian of classical arts, his other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts, art market trends and art communication. He writes critiques, curates exhibitions, participates in international art projects and works as an art consultant. Since its foundation in 2010 he has been working for Art Market Budapest – International contemporary art fair.
He has university level teaching experience, previously worked at the Department of Sociology and Communication of the University of Technology, Budapest, Hungary followed by the Communication Institute of the Faculty of Pedagogy of SZIE University in Szarvas, Hungary, then he was assistant professor at the University of Szeged, Hungary and later at Izmir University, Turkey. Currently he is Assistant Professor at the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah, UAE.
He is Secretary General and Website Editor of the International Association for Aesthetics, as well as member of the Hungarian Philosophical Society, of the Nordic Society of Aesthetics, of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics and of the Association of European Journalists.
Since 2015 he is Advisory Board member of "Argument. Biannual Philosophical Journal", regular contributor for "Selections. Art / Style / Culture from the Arab World and Beyond" and Middle East Editor-at-Large of the journal "Art Africa", as well as Associate Editor of "Popular Inquiry: The Journal of the Aesthetics of Kitsch, Camp and Mass Culture".