János Szirtes habil.
university professor, supervisor
Media Institute
Media Design BA
university professor
Media Design MA
university professor
Doctoral School

János Szirtes graduated as a fine artist from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (MKE). He and mainly creates paintings, video installations, other video works and live video performances. He has been invested in art pedagogy for almost 40 years.

Fields of education
media art
performative communication
fine arts
Fields of research
performative communication
media art


1980 - graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts Graphic Reproduction programme 1983 - completed the MA programme at the same university
1978-1984 - contributed to the work of INDIGO Group, lead by Miklós Erdély
1978 and onwards - participated in the exhibitions and action programmes of the Vajda Lajos Studio in Szentendre
Since 1989 he has been a teacher at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts, which later became Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design At MOME, he founded the Visual Studies Studio, and took part in the founding the Media Design BA and MA programmes and the Multimedia DLA programme.
He was the head of the Media Design BA and MA programmes for years. Many of his supervised students have earned DLA degrees, and he still supervises a number of doctoral students. He is a core member at the MOME Doctoral School.
Since the 1980s he has organized several solo exhibitions in Hungarian and international galleries. He has represented Hungary in group presentations and exhibitions across the world.
To his portfolio of paintings, installations and live performances, video performances and video artworks.
He won the Mihály Munkácsy Award in 1989.

Awards, recognition

Mihály Munkácsy Award

Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer’s Cross

István Széchenyi Scholarship


solo exhibition

Global Nomadic Art Project

Dawn - performance

Dokumenta 8, Bistro/Café New York, Kassel (DE)

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Network of
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