Maori art connecting with the world
Award-winning New Zealand artist Sofia Minson paints portraits and landscapes infused with ancient myth, magic and symbolism.
Her Ngāti Porou (Māori), Swedish, English and Irish heritage inspires her to uncover connections between diverse cultures.
Sofia Minson paints with:
- Flashe - an ink-like vinyl paint
Her original paintings and fine art prints weave contemporary Maori art with European, Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian art.
Sofia's work is unique and globally relevant, exploring the border between visual art and sacred imagery. A must in any collection of significant contemporary paintings.
Striking, large-scale original paintings
Sofia’s awe-inspiring New Zealand landscapes and life-like faces are some of the most highly collectable contemporary New Zealand art for sale.
Her original paintings are designed to be enjoyed at a large scale.
The sheer size of them, paired with their powerful subject matter and compositions, make Sofia’s original paintings an engaging choice of art in:
- Architecturally designed homes
- Corporate foyers
- High-end lodges
Sofia’s art appears in the private collections of:
- Discerning international art investors
- Best-selling singer/songwriters
- CEOs and owners of multinational companies
Her work has been exhibited all over the world, including Italy and New York.
Limited edition Maori art prints with impact
Sofia’s large scale canvas prints really pack a punch in big spaces.
This makes them a popular addition to business foyers and corporate gallery walls, where they inspire the employees who work in the building and impress the clients who visit.
Maori portrait art for the 21st century
Sofia is widely respected in Aotearoa (New Zealand) for her original portraits of Māori.
Her work has been commissioned by public art galleries, and she’s won several national awards.
She’s fast becoming an internationally known artist as discerning art buyers as far afield as the US, Asia, UK and Europe add her work to their collections.
Sofia’s Māori portrait art often features her Māori peers paving their way in the world of art, music and business. Inspired by Gottfried Lindauer and C.F. Goldie's colonial portrayals of Māori faces, Sofia changes the 'gaze' of these portraits.
"Rather than European colonial painters gazing upon Māori subjects, as a Ngāti Porou artist I am depicting fellow contemporary Māori people. The gaze is between Māori and out of the canvas to the rest of the world."
- Sofia Minson
Contemporary Maori art celebrating beauty
Sofia’s contemporary Māori art resonates with many New Zealanders living at home and abroad, making their mark on the world as business owners and executives.
For kiwi expat clients her art provides a soulful connection to the land and culture they were raised in.
In a world where art is often associated with that which shocks, Sofia prefers to emphasise beauty, classic art principles and universal ideas of the sacred in her Maori art.
"For me, true beauty is wisdom shining through elegant forms.
I honour the cosmos with each brushstroke, as sacred geometry, landscapes and faces reveal themselves."