Studio One in Ponsonby launches The Real Opotiki Art Exhibition

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Mana Wahine” is 1 of 5 new original paintings by Sofia Minson that will be on show at The Real Opotiki Exhibition from 26 July onwards

Number 1 Ponsonby Rd will be brimming with contemporary paintings, Maori weaving, sculpture and photography by over 20 artists who have strong connections to Opotiki.

Five brand new original paintings by Sofia Minson will be on show at the launch of The Real Opotiki Art Exhibition at 6:30pm on Tuesday 26th July (exhibition runs until 18th August 2016).

The first piece “Mana Wahine” (pictured left) is a framed oil portrait, which celebrates the strength and endurance of Maori women.  The other four pieces are highly detailed acrylic paintings from Minson’s native New Zealand bird series.

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Live Painting at Nelson Arts Festival 2015

Sofia Minson holding up her Kokako bird painting

Sofia Minson with her painting “Grey Ghost” 2.4m high x 1.2m wide, acrylic on canvas

What a fantastic experience it has been with the Nelson Arts Festival this October. Thank you so much for flying me down to Nelson for two weeks to paint my heart out, situated on the banks of the beautiful Maitai River, with a group of talented, fun artists – Geoff Noble, Miriam Hansen, Smeagol, Richard Adams and the Kawai Raupapa Rauangi (Maori visual arts) students from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

We were ‘The Billboard Project’ and by the end of it, all of us had created these large-scale 1.2 metre x 2.4 metre paintings that are now being auctioned on TradeMe - you can bid here for our works. Auctions close Saturday 7th November 2015 and if you’d like to own my work entitled “Grey Ghost“ you can bid here for my painting.

Artists Sofia Minson, Geoff Noble and Miriam Hansen with their artworks

Artists Sofia Minson, Geoff Noble and Miriam Hansen with their artworks

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Radio New Zealand – Artist Sofia Minson to paint modern portraits of Maori with Moko facial tattoos

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TVNZ News Te Karere features artist Sofia Minson seeking to portray modern day Maori wearing moko

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Radio New Zealand interviews Sofia Minson on her portraits of modern Maori with Ta Moko (facial tattoo)

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