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24 Sep 2013

Desert Arts: Christian Hohmann Gets Ready to Celebrate 20 Years in the Art Biz

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I first met Christian Hohmann about 15 years ago. He’d just arrived at the Hart Gallery in Palm Desert to work for his aunt, Eva Hart. His English was not that good—he spoke with a heavy German accent—but he was eager to learn and meet people inside and outside of the art business.

It’s a business that is in his blood. Before his arrival, Christian had opened a gallery in his native Hamburg at the age of 21, before joining forces with acclaimed art dealer Thomas Levy one year later. The gallery represented works by Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon and other top artists from around the globe. Christian said it was a wonderful experience—so it was natural for him to join the Hart Gallery as director.

When the Harts retired in 2009, Christian chose to continue the family tradition by opening his signature gallery, located at 73660 El Paseo in Palm Desert.

The gallery is full of examples of his taste and influence in the art industry, featuring works by artists from Europe and North America. Just a few years ago, he expanded the gallery, taking over an adjacent location where another gallery had closed.

Today, Christian Hohmann Fine Art is one of the best galleries in the desert, exhibiting a diverse collection of original art, paintings and sculpture. His exhibitions and openings have featured classical pianists and singers performing for guests to celebrate the new works from the roster of more than 60 artists that are exclusive to the Hohmann.

I recently interviewed Christian and learned that he is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his art career this year. To highlight this milestone, he has planned an exhibition featuring one of the greatest artists of the 20th century: Marc Chagall. It’s fitting for Hohmann to celebrate by showcasing works by Chagall that are recognized the world over. The opening reception for the exhibit—which will include 25 to 30 Chagall works—is from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30; it will run through the end of the year.

The gallery will also be filled with wonderful, colorful works by other artists that have made the Hohmann gallery a destination for exhibitions in Southern California, including Paul Wunderlich, Karin Voelker, Neil Nagy and others who have formed a strong relationship with Christian over the years.

Another artist whose works will appear is Sigurd Rakel, who executes bright, vivid paintings in acrylic on canvas; his “Still Life I” is pictured below.

I recently asked Christian what the secret to his success is. He credited his true passion for art, a love of educating his clients and a devotion to the artists.

The space that he created also offers artists’ demonstrations that are often filled to capacity. Sculpture, painting and music add excitement and help the gallery a stand out from others in the Coachella Valley. The airy, well-curated environment beckons visitors with a friendly atmosphere where one feels welcomed—and never intimidated.

Christian Hohmann Fine Art is located at 73660 El Paseo, Suite 2, in Palm Desert. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Saturday, in October through May; call to check hours from June through September. For more information, visit www.christianhohmann.com, or call 760-346-4243.

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