(Born January 18, 1954)
Lives and works in Lid, Nykoping and Stockholm, Sweden.
Tom Sandqvist is a writer and scientist who graduated in 1979 from the University of Helsinki and defended his doctor's thesis on Minimalism and its theoretical background in American aesthetics in 1988 at the University of Lund.
After working as art critic in both Finland and Sweden and as senior curator at Swedish Travelling Exhibitions in Stockholm he worked as professor in art theory and history of ideas at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm as well as at the University College of Fine Arts in Umeе, Sweden.
Currently he works both as senior lecturer at The University College of Photography and Film in Gothenburg, Sweden, and as assistant professor in art history at the University of Lapland, Finland, still living in Stockholm.
Sandqvist has published several books and studies on contemporary art, philosophy, and aesthetics, at the moment involved in a research project on the cultural background of Romanian Avant-Garde.
As curator Sandqvist has been responsible of several exhibitions in both Sweden, Finland and elsewhere.
Education and degrees awarded
Candidate in the Humanities (Bachelor?s) degree, University of Helsinki, Finland
Candidate in Philosophy (Master?s) degree, University of Helsinki, Finland
Doctor of Philosophy degree, University of Lund, Sweden
Docent in Art History, University of Lapland, Finland
Previous professional appointments
Teacher of Art Theory, Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway (2 terms)
Visiting researcher and senior scientific assistant , Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway (4 terms)
Acting Professor of Art Theory and History of Ideas, Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden (3 terms)
Visiting teacher in Art Theory, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland (2 terms)
Professor of Art Theory and History of Ideas, Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden (6 terms)
Visiting Professor of Art Theory and History of Ideas, University of Umea (department of fine arts), Sweden, (2 terms)
Senior lecturer at University College of Photography and Film (Gothenburg University)
Professor (call-in), College of Photography and Film, Gothenburg University
Research awards, major stipendiary support
National Scientific Research Council of Norway (4 terms)
Swedish Authors? Fund, Sweden
Arts Council of Finland (support for research project of Central and Eastern European Modernism)
Editorial board memberships
Chairman of the editorial board of "Kairos", Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
Chairman of The Institute of Contemporary Aesthetics, Stockholm, Sweden
Member of the editorial board of "Paletten", Gothenburg, Sweden