From her studio in Auckland, New Zealand, Sofia Minson paints bold, soulful, finely detailed portraits, landscapes and surreal oil works. She is inspired by the land, myths and people of Aotearoa (NZ) as well as the unity she sees amongst richly diverse cultures from around the world.
For 13 years Minson’s paintings have been exhibited and collected globally. The artist is inspired by her mixed Ngati Porou Maori, Swedish, English and Irish heritage as well as the taonga (treasure) that are Aotearoa’s people, land, forests and birds.
Minson has created large scale public artworks, been featured in documentaries and won three national art awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award in 2005. She is a four-time finalist in the Adam Portraiture Awards, winning People’s Choice in 2012 when the finalists’ exhibition toured to Christchurch.
Minson spent much of her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka and China due to her father’s civil engineering work. Her contemporary portraits, landscapes and images of nature contain patterns from ancient cultures that celebrate connections between diverse peoples.