Studio One in Ponsonby launches The Real Opotiki Art Exhibition


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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“Maori Jesus” portrait painting with moko (traditional face tattoo) by Sofia Minson

Maori Jesus” is Sofia Minson’s depiction of the Messiah as tangata whenua (indigenous Maori) with full-face moko (traditional tattoo).

'Maori Jesus' acrylic painting by Sofia Minson on loose canvas, 1480 x 970mm, 2014

Maori Jesus‘ by Sofia Minson, acrylic and flashe on loose canvas, 1480 x 970mm, 2014

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Watch this video of my art on TVNZ’s show ‘I AM TV’

Watch this I AM TV show feature of my art that aired 10th Dec on TV 2 in New Zealand.

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New Zealand Maori portrait and landscape oil paintings


“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine” -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson, you speak the truth.  However until you don’t have hands or you can’t use them, you tend to not recognise them for the godsends that they are.

Last weekend my fiancée and I did our advanced diver’s course in the Poor Knights.  It was rewarding and amazingly challenging because of these beloved things called drysuits.  The suit keeps you warm but my gosh if the rubber wrist seals are too tight, as mine were, you suffer from bruised wrists and inflamed, red, numb hands that just flop around on the ends of your arms being unhelpful.

It gave me a new sense of empathy for my mum who suffers from arthritis of the hands and has trouble opening lids of jars and carrying heavy objects.

The experience also reminded me of a painting that has been on-the-go for many moons now.  This painting began its life as a kind of artist self-portrait.  The painting is of my hands, the tools of my trade, and it contains all the crevices, blotches and shapes that are unique to me.  If you can read palms these hands will even tell you my story.  After this weekend’s dive I have renewed enthusiasm to complete this piece!

Written by artist Sofia Minson from
New Zealand Maori portrait and landscape oil paintings