12— She rests with Sky above and Earth below ($5000)
Sofia Minson


Oil on canvas

Sofia Minson is a portrait and landscape oil painter of Ngāti Porou, Swedish, English and Irish heritage. Having spent much of her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka and China, on returning to New Zealand as a teenager, painting enabled her to reconnect with her whakapapa as well as celebrate the cultural diversity she had experienced overseas. For nine years, Sofia's paintings have been exhibited and collected in the USA, Europe and throughout New Zealand. She has won three national awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award in 2005 and is a three-time finalist in the Adam Portraiture Awards.