Sofia Minson with oil painting "The Other Sister"
Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Arts & Design
Oil Painting, Street art
1st Prize Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award 2005, 1st Prize Art Auckland Award 2005 & 2010, People's Choice Adam Portraiture Awards Christchurch 2012, Finalist Adam Portraiture Awards 2008, 2010 & 2012
Sofia Minson (born 1984) is a contemporary New Zealand oil painter of Māori (Ngati Porou), Swedish, English and Irish descent.
Her often large, finely detailed oil paintings depict the land, myths and people of Aotearoa (New Zealand), combining aspects of realism and surrealism. She also celebrates Asian, Pacific, Western and African cultural diversity through portraiture.
1 Life and career
2 Contemporary Maori oil portraits
3 Street art / urban paste-up
4 Canvassing The Treaty documentary
5 Selected exhibitions
8 External links
Life and career
Sofia Minson was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent her childhood living in Samoa, New Zealand, China and Sri Lanka due to her father's engineering project management work.
In 2005, Minson won first prize in two New Zealand art awards – the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award with her piece entitled "Saffron Monk" and the ART Auckland Award with her mythological Maori artwork "The Separation of Rangi and Papa". She graduated with a BDes degree in Spatial Design from Auckland University of Technology in 2006 and in 2010 Minson won the ART Auckland Awards for a second time. She has been a three-time finalist in the Adam Portraiture Award, in 2008 with her mystical landscape/portrait painting "From Hikurangi to Hibernia", in 2010 with her surreal self-portrait "Effulgent Self" and in 2012 with her 2-metre-wide black and white portrait "The Other Sister". In September 2010 Sofia judged the North Shore City Art Awards alongside art advisor, curator and author Liz Caughey and sculptor Jeff Thompson.
She has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand from 2004 onwards and in 2006 was invited to show her works at the museum at Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy and in Chelsea, New York. Minson's first solo exhibition entitled "Te Here Tangata – The Rope of Mankind" was held in Auckland in October 2007 and featured 14 large-scale portraits and landscapes referencing her mixed heritage and Maori myths. The artist has subsequently had solo exhibitions at the