Dr. Hans-Michael Herzog is an acknowledged international expert on contemporary art, particularly from Latin America. He has also been a lecturer at various German universities.

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Born in 1956, Hans-Michael Herzog studied art history, philosophy, and classical archaeology at the University of Bonn, and was awarded his PhD in 1984 with a focus on Venetian Proto-Renaissance Sculpture.

From 1987 until 1989, Dr. Herzog worked for the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München.

Between 1989 and 1999 he was Curator of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

From 2000 to 2015 Dr. Herzog has been the Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the Daros Latinamerica Collection based in Zürich, Switzerland. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Artistic Director of the Daros Collection, also based in Zürich. He was Founding Director of the Casa Daros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Critical writer on art and architecture, Dr. Herzog has been responsible for numerous exhibitions and publications, largely on international contemporary art. These include: Manolo Millares (1992), Kunst um Kunst (1993), Jürgen Klauke: Prosecuritas (1994), The Body / Le Corps (1994), Sean Scully: The Catherine Paintings (1995), Langlands & Bell (1995), Jonathan Lasker: Paintings (1997), Ronald Bladen: Sculpture (1998), La Mirada – Looking at Photography in Latin America Today (2002), Cantos Cuentos Colombianos: Contemporary Colombian Art (2004), Le Parc Lumière: Kinetic Works by Julio Le Parc (2005), Fabian Marcaccio: Paintant Stories (2005), Seduções: Soares, Meireles, Neto (2006), Guillermo Kuitca: Das Lied von der Erde (2006), Carlos Amorales: Dark Mirror (2007), Face to Face (2007), Painted! (2008), For You / Para usted (2009), Antonio Dias: Anywhere Is My Land (2009), Luis Camnitzer (2010), Nicola Costantino (2011), Wifredo Díaz Valdéz (2011), Illusions (2014), Made in Brasil (2015), Cuba – Ficción y Fantasía (2015).