Sofia Minson

Inspired by her Ngāti Porou Māori, English, Swedish and Irish heritage, Sofia paints striking and sacred art. 

For Sofia, making art is about connecting our modern human experience with the wisdom of our ancestors. 
With each brushstroke, Sofia explores powerful themes that are both deeply personal and profoundly universal; of Māori mythology, Mana Wahine (Divine Feminine), and the mana (integrity) of generations past.

“Painting awe-inspiring characters is both grounding and uplifting in this fast-paced digital world. I hope their stories and presence can provide a sense of connection for people.”

Ruru

owl, ruru, morepork, gold, black, triangles, mandalaRuru is a painting about re-membering ourselves - putting ourselves back together. Ruru, or the morepork, is our native owl in Aotearoa. He is a mysterious messenger, understood by Māori as a herald communicating between worlds – mortal and spirit, material and sacred.

7/175 2019 Limited Edition canvas print - 840mm x 1360mm

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The Heart of the Kākā

kaka, heartSofia's inspiration for this piece came from the whakatauki (Māori proverb): "Te tōrino haere whakamua, whakamuri." | "At the same time as the spiral is going forward, it is returning"

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Tuihana

This painting depicts Aotearoa's native tui, was created concurrently with "Ngahuia". For bothe pieces, Minson used Flashe ( a black, ink-like wash ) for the body of the bird, adding in intricate detail giving Tuihana a regal, ornate quality.

79/95 2019 Limited Edition Canvas Print - 780mm x 1262mm

 

tui flashe on gold
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Aroha mai, aroha atu

"Aroha mai, aroha atu" is a Maori proverb meaning "love received, love returned." To the artist this work describes balance and symmetry. To show that opposing forces (positives and negatives, darkness and light, masculine and feminine) are present in all things, constantly balancing each other out.  

Regular archival paper - 820 x 520mm 

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Ngahuia

This painting depicts Aotearao's native and sadly extinct huia birds and was created concurrently with it's sister painting to "Tuihana."

Minson used ink-like washes of flashe ( a vinyl, water based paint) to create these works, weaving in fine detailing to give the huia a surreal, ornate quality. 

15/96 2017 Liminted Edition Print - 730mm x 1050mm framed, 476 x 780mm print dimentions

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The Navigators

In this work we see culture and civilisation relentlessly voyage into the wild, untamed realm of nature. This is a very important painting that brings together 13 years of Minson's ideas and techniques.

"All of us come from a long line of ancestors, of survivors, who navigated undulating oceans of countless lifetimes in their own way. These paddles with Māori and Egyptian symbolism honour our tupuna who migrated across the Pacific, voyaging by the stars." - Sofia Minson

13/95 2017 Limited Edition Print - 820mm x 995mm framed, 543mm x 740 print dimentions 

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Mackenzie in Gold

The large Mackenzie land basin set amidst mountains in the centre of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand) is home to the only bird in the world with a beak that bends sideways - ngutuparore (the wrybill). In this framed limited print, Minson depicts this vulnerable species pictures in frmo on Aotearoa's tallest peak Aoraki Maunga (Mt Cook) with intricate Maori and sacred geometric deisgns to emphasise the Maori world view that people are closely connected to the natural world. 

3/75 Limited Print - 700mm x 1040mm framed, 360mm x 725 mm print dimentions 

Wrybill sitting in front of Mt Cook with intricate Maori and sacred geometric deisgns
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Sofia Minson 'Noku Te Whenua'

tree, tree of life, rocks, runesAn intricately adorned Tree of Life grows from the sensuous curved river stones of Papatuanuku (earth mother), describing our connection to our whakapapa (genealogy). 

The title of this work is part of the ancient Maori proverb: Noku te whenua, o oku tupuna ( The land is mine, inherited from my ancestors )

 

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