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Sonja Kobrehel was born in Subotica, a border city of Hungary and former Yugoslavia. She grew up and went to school there and in the city of Belgrade. Sonja graduated from the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia and then lived in Szeged, Hungary until she moved to Vancouver in 2000.
Sonja has been interested in art and becoming a visual artist since she was a little girl. Her mother worked at a Museum/Gallery and often brought Sonja with her to work instead of traditional daycare. Sonja loved the freedom she had to wander the gallery and get lost admiring the many great displays. She feels those days being surrounded by art have undoubtedly influenced her career as an artist. The small symbols Sonja uses in her work reflect on personal aspects of her life and her national heritage.
My work in visual arts reflects the constant changes and experiences in my personal life.
I am guided by my feelings, thoughts, dreams and visions.
The sources of my inspiration are many: an appreciation for personalities and the human scale; in particular, I love to look for traces of the people who came before and clues about what they did there and why.
Journeys are an integral part of my artistic inspiration. The Mediterranean and Adriatic atmosphere that pervades my work comes from the summers I spent on the French and Yugoslav coasts. I am always intrigued by the human cultural elements and visual stimulation that I encounter. I find that every place and culture reveals its beauty to me through everyday life.
I like to use symbols in my art work and while creating my personal iconography. The symbols are clues to many aspects of my life, but my paintings usually start with a color idea, and then evolve into compositions in which color is the primary subject.
I work in collage, various media on paper and canvas, mixing everything possible together in a visual format for public display. Much attention is given to the surface texture by adding different materials, carving scratching, gluing...and thus creating a visual dialogue. I complete my work using drawing techniques and whatever else it takes to communicate my intended vision.
1999 Member of Hungarian Printmaker Association
1998 Member of the Association of Hungarian Creative Artists
1995 Bursary for continuative education, Art of enamel, (Kecskemet, Hungary)
1995 Member of the Association of Yugoslav Fine Artists
1993 B.A. Degree, Academy of Art - Department of Visual Arts, (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia)
1988 Sumatovacka School for Traditional Drawing and Painting, (Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
2005 Best of the Show - 123 SOHO 2005 Art Show (New York, USA)
2004 Honourable Mention for Excellence in Work on Canvas, (Delta, BC Canada) Art Specific
2002 Best of the Show - Anacortes - Art at the Port Arts Festival, (WA, USA)
1996 Municipal Award for National Restaurant interior design, (Subotica, Yugoslavia)
1995 Prize for painting at the Vitalovi Suncokreti exibition, (Vrbas, Yugoslavia)
1992 Annual Fine Art Reward for category Drawing”, Academy of Art, (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia)
2005 Gallery in the Garden - Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC)
2004 Gallery in the Garden - Westham Island (Delta, BC)
1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000 - Middle East European Art colony (Tallya, Hungary)
1996 Art colony (Backa Topola, Yugoslavia)
1994 International Printmaking workshop (Miskolc, Hungary)
1992 Art colony - (Zobnatica, Yugoslavia)