Zsofia Schweger portrait 2016

Zsofia Schweger (b. 1989, Szeged) is a Hungarian artist based in London. Zsofia had lived in the US for 5 years and studied at Wellesley College in the Boston area, before she moved to London in 2013. She then attended the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating with an MA in 2015.

Zsofia’s work in painting is informed by her experience of moving countries: she researches the notions of home and belonging, local identity and the emigrant experience. In her paintings of domestic interiors, Zsofia uses reductive paint application, flat panels of colour and a muted palette in order to express a sense of both comfort and alienation.

Zsofia was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 and has been supported by several generous prizes. These include the Jealous Prize, Griffin Art Prize, the Alice C. Cole Award, and the ‘One To Watch’ Award. Her first solo exhibition was held in 2016 at Griffin Gallery.


Zsofia Schweger (b. 1989, Hungary) lives and works in London.



The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London - London, UK - 2013-2015
MA Fine Art

Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA, USA - 2008-2012
BA Studio Art, Comparative Literature (double major)


Zsofia Schweger, Edel Assanti, London, UK -  2017

Zsofia Schweger, Lundgren Gallery, Palma, Spain - 2017

BLOC - Zsofia Schweger, Griffin Gallery, London, UK - 2016


UPCOMING: Motion/less - Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley, MA, USA - 2 October - 5 November 2017

RA Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK - 2017

domestic affairs - Platform Arts, Belfast, UK - 2017

Home as an Irrevocable Condition - SAPAR Contemporary, New York, NY, USA - 2017

Jealous Prize Winners 2016/2017 - Jealous Gallery, London, UK -  2017

Bloomberg New Contemporaries - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK - 2016/2017

The Original Print Show - Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, UK - 2016

Bloomberg New Contemporaries @ Liverpool Biennial - Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK - 2016

RA Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK - 2016

Explorers - Londonewcastle Project Space, London, UK - 2016

Finding the Future of Figurative Art - Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley, UK - 2016

FBA Futures - Mall Galleries, London, UK - 2016

Griffin Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition - Griffin Gallery, London, UK - 2015

IMAGINE - Londonewcastle Project Space, London, UK - 2015

MA/MFA Degree Show - Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK - 2015

New Arrivals - 12 Star Gallery at Europe House, London, UK - 2015

Slade Painting - The Windshow at Camden People's Theatre, London, UK - 2014

Cities Methodologies - Slade Research Centre, London, UK - 2014

Slade Interim Show  - Slade Research Centre, London, UK - 2014

Small Works - Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, USA - 2013

Here & Now - Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley, MA, USA - 2012

Re-Presentation - Jewett Art Gallery Wellesley, MA, USA- 2010

Drawing - Jewett Sculpture Court, Wellesley, MA, USA - 2010

Line By Line - Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley, MA, USA - 2009


'One To Watch' Award - Mall Galleries - 2016
Selected from FBA Futures exhibitors for a 1-month rent-free studio placement within an Artistic Spaces building in London to be taken up in 2016-17.

Griffin Art Prize - 2015
Selected for prize, which provides a 6-month studio residency in London, along with a supply of top-quality art materials and a solo exhibition opportunity in 2016.

Jealous Prize - 2015
Selected for residency at Jealous Gallery's print studios with an opportunity to produce and exhibit a limited edition print in 2016.

Alice C. Cole Award - 2015
Awarded project-based grant and U.S. group exhibition opportunity for 2017.

Nominated for Chadwell Award - 2015
One of 7 shortlisted final-year students from the Slade, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy for annual studio award.

Harriet A. Shaw Fellowship - 2014
Named Fellow and awarded grant for final year of graduate studies at the Slade.

Pocock Award - 2014
Awarded bursary sponsored by the Merchant Taylors' Company for graduate studies at the Slade.

The Friends of Art Prize for Excellence in Studio Art - 2012
Awarded prize that honors one graduating studio art student annually.

Latin and Departmental Honors in Studio Art - 2012
Received cum laude Latin honors for overall four-year academic achievement at Wellesley College and awarded Departmental Honors in Studio Art for the successful completion of the Honors Thesis Program.

Madeleine Korbel Albright Fellowship - 2011
Selected as Fellow for the 2012 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs and awarded grant for related summer internship.

Pamela Daniels Fellowship - 2011
Received grant award for the funding of honors thesis project in art.

Global Engagement Grant - 2011
Selected for 10-week Visiting Artist position at the Cow House Studios. Received grant award.

Dr. Elemer and Eva Kiss Scholarship - 2009 and 2011
Awarded grant by the Hungarian American Coalition (Washington, DC) for the encouragement of cultural and educational exchange.


Griffin Residency - Griffin Gallery, London, UK - 2016
Spent 6 months in residence as Griffin Art Prize recipient at Griffin Gallery, making new work for a solo show.

Cabin Fervour - Live Art Development Agency, Swansea, UK - 2014
Participating Artist
2-day professional development program for artists run by the collaboration Jason & Becky in conjunction with Live Art Development Agency & National Theatre Wales: a group of 6 artists set sail from Swansea to Lundy Island and back, sharing unexpected encounters and inspiring panoramas.

Smart City Lab - Close & Remote, London, UK - 2013
Participating Artist
6-day intensive lab brought together 10 artists to explore smart technologies and their creative application in urban settings. Workshops included introduction to coding and databases, app building, sound, and GPS technologies. The lab was run by Close and Remote and funded by Lewisham Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Art on the Farm - Cow House Studios, County Wexford, Ireland -  2011
Visiting Artist
Taught visual arts with a focus on painting and drawing to international high school students, aged 14-18, in a rigorous and collaborative studio setting. Gave artist talks. Conducted studio-led research and produced new work.


BLOC, exhibition catalogue - Griffin Gallery, London, UK - 2016

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, exhibition catalogue - Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester, UK - 2016

FBA Futures, exhibition catalogue - Mall Galleries, Federation of British Artists - 2016

Schweger, Zsofia - “At Home: Explorations in Painting,” honors thesis - Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA - 2012


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston, MA - September 2012-December 2012 
Visitor Services Assistant 

Base Design - New York, NY - June 2012-August 2012
Business-side Intern

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, NY - June 2010-August 2010 
Library & Archives Intern 

The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities - Wellesley, MA - September 2008-November 2009
Student Assistant


Junko Journal | Painters in conversation: Zsofia Schweger talks to Agalé Bassens about ideas of home and identity in her recent work | May 2017 

Artnet | Editors’ Picks: 15 Things to See in New York This Week by Sarah Cascone | April 2017 

OCTOGON architecture&design magazin | Glocal (in Hungarian) | 2017/1

Artists & Illustrators | Painters to watch in 2017 | March 2017 

Forbes | Meet Europe's 30 Under 30 Taking Over Kitchens, Galleries And Runways by Nathania Zevi | January 2017

Forbes | Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: The Arts | January 2017

42 magazin | Život emigranta – Zsofia Schweger (in Serbian)  | December 2016

AnOther | Documenting the Emigré Experience Through Pastel Interiors by Sarah Jilani  | November 2016

artPortal | Ez a ház még mindig megvan” – Schwéger Zsófia, festő by Fruzsina Mesterházy (in Hungarian) | October 2016

The Big Issue | BLOC, Zsofia Schweger, Griffin Gallery - Review by Louise Fitzjohn | September 2016

Art Monthly | Review: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 by Martin Herbert | September 2016

Financial Times | Critics’ Choice by Jackie Wullschlager | August 2016

The Week | Zsofia Schweger at Griffin Gallery | August 2016

Stylist | Meet the young Hungarian artist exploring the modern emigrant experience by Moya Crockett | August 2016

It’s Nice That | ZsofiaSchweger’s paintings depict her Hungarian home frozen in time by Jenny Brewer | August 2016

Wallpaper | Bloc party: Zsofia Schweger’s minimal paintings of Hungarian domestic interiors by Jessica Klingelfuss | August 2016

AIGA: Eye On Design | Graphic Sensibilities with Politicized Undertones in Zsofia Schweger’s Unusual Image-making by Emily Gosling | August 2016

a-n | NOW SHOWING #161: The week’s top exhibitions | August 2016

Art Jobs | Redefining the domestic space in her debut exhibition at the Griffin Gallery: Interview with Zsofia Schweger | August 2016

White Noise | The city that changes you by Liz Ann Bennett | August 2016

BBC World Service | Radio interview in Outlook by Jo Fidgen | August 2016

The Creators Project | Terra Incognita, un cycle d’expositions à regarder à la loupe by Léa Chauvel-Lévy (in French) | July 2016