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Sonja de Graaf

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University: BA / LABA Academy of Fine Art / Florence Italy
Graduation Year: 2008

New Blood Art Statement

Sonja de Graaf’s paintings swell with bella figura; aesthetic forms and dancing gestures celebrate youth, beauty and energy. Photographic sources become animated by paint and flavoursome textures are re-rendered with broad sweeps of colour.

De Graaf’s zest for life is evident in her painting. This Dutch artist honed her skills at LABA Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, and then as assistant to the renowned installation artist, Vittorio Corsini.

Artist Statement

I have studied fairytales and literature through my work, Lolita and Little Red Ridinghood being the ones of most influence on what I do, but it all started with the Book 'Een nacht om te vliegeren' (a perfect night to fly a kite) by the Dutch author Renate Dorrestein. Where women seem to have lost their innocence, I search. I look beyond the appearance, the forced erotic facade, layers of makeup and luxury clothes. My models are porn stars, supermodels and actresses, my drawings are their innocence and frailty, their insecurity and sweetness. Here in their humanity is where I believe true sensuality can be found.

 

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2015, And There She Was, Solo exhibition for the Creative Collective, Florence, Italy
2014, 'The Flower Electric' Solo exhibition at the OPC of San Donato, Poggio

Group Exhibitions

2016 Watercolour biennal in Belgrade Serbia
2013, 'The Story of the Creative', Group exhibition, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York
2012, International Art exhibition and art forum in Shanghai China
2012, ‘L arte della fuga’ Group exhibition, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Sull’arno
2011, Colaborates with the galleries: ‘Present contemporary Art’, Florence, Italy and ‘Tannaz’, Florence, Italy 
2009, ‘Videt’ International video and art festival, Villafranca del Penedés, Spain
2009, ‘ArtVerona’  Artfair, Rappresented by Carini Gallery, Verona, Italy
2008, ‘Dragmagic’ International womens short film festival, Spain
2008, ‘Arte Padova’, Artfair, Rappresented by Carini Gallery, Padova, Italy
2008, ‘ArtVerona’  Artfair, Rappresented by Carini Gallery, Verona, Italy
2008, ‘Fragile’ Cortile del Podestà, City Hall, Siena Italy
2008, ‘Ciudadania’ Francesca Bonnemaison Institute, Barcelona, Spain
2007, 'Festival della Creatività', Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy.
2007, 'Streghe e altre donne', a one week residence in the township of Scontrone
2007, (AQ) created a site specific project for the International Museum of Women in Art
2006, ‘Costellazione’, 05 Gallery, Santa Croce sull’Arno, Italy
2006, ‘Realtà Parallele’, Spazio 126, Siena, Italy
2006, ‘I shall sing’, Aloe&Wolf vintage store, Siena, Italy
2006, ‘Clessidra’, Vera Pietra Serena Gallery, Florence, Italy
2006, ‘Dialoghi Muti’, C.U.R.E, Florence, Italy
2006, ‘Florencimiento’, Cagliari, Italy
2006, ‘Convergenze’ 05 Gallery, Santa Croce sull’Arno, Italy
2006, ‘Rotte Metropolitane’, Fine Art Academy, Florence, Italy

Original works:

At Night When Awake and Feel I...

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

Breathe Less

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

Mood Indigo

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

She Appeared Insincere and Cru...

By Sonja de Graaf

£430

Inside the Mirror, in Her Own ...

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

There Was Something Between Th...

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

All lovers want the beloved to...

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

The nature of man himself

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

I Know All of Your Secrets

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

Jealousy and anger pierced thr...

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

Yeah!!

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

Of her frailty no memory remai...

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

When Times Get Rough

By Sonja de Graaf

£430

You Worry Too Much

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

She Waited For What Was to Fol...

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

Through the Blue Haze

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

Vampires are lucky

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

Always Calm and Unemotional in...

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

Private

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

Untitled (Legs)

By Sonja de Graaf

£370

Pink

By Sonja de Graaf

£430

True to Her Creed, She Did Not...

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

It Was Not the Love of Man for...

By Sonja de Graaf

£490

She Always Felt a Little Skimp...

By Sonja de Graaf

£430

A curl of Pink Rubber Rolled u...

By Sonja de Graaf

£430

Untitled (Girl)

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

Untitled (Girl)

By Sonja de Graaf

£360

Untitled (Woman With Flowers) ...

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

Tulipa

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

Iris

By Sonja de Graaf

£1100

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Lovin' those Stars and Stripes...

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Lost in Her Own Universe #2

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Lost in her own universe #3

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Untitled (Legs)

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Breathe

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At a Glance

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A Girl and her Gun

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Lost in Her Own Universe #1

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A Thousand Beautiful Things

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And the Tear Rose and Fell and...

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Fascinated by your words

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She was not an impulsive woman...

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I Suppose We're All Proud of S...

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She Was Sorry That She Did Not...

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Her Life Had Schooled Her to R...

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Opus Amoris est Maxima Miseria...

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Ages Pass, and Still There is ...

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The Figure of a Woman Crossing...

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Untitled (Girl)

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For the Sake of Any Friend who...

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And the Air Around Her Became ...

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