Sofia Minson | Ngāti Porou
Sofia Minson’s art has been collected globally for nearly two decades. The Auckland-based painter draws inspiration from her mixed Ngāti Porou Māori, Swedish, English and Irish heritage, and from growing up in Samoa, Sri Lanka, and China.
Back in New Zealand, Sofia began painting contemporary portraits and landscapes overlaid with symbols and meaning from ancestral proverbs and cosmology. This strengthened her link to her Māori roots in particular.
Art is Sofia’s vehicle to study our shared human evolution. She is constantly awed by recurring themes in storytelling, spiritual texts and visual symbols from diverse people, cultures and religions around the world.
She has created large-scale public artworks and been featured in documentaries. She has won three national art awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award in 2005 and is a four-time finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery’s Adam Portraiture Awards, winning People’s Choice in 2012.