Sofia Minson is a portrait and landscape oil painter of Ngati Porou (Maori), Swedish, English and Irish heritage. She works from her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.
Born in Auckland in 1984, Sofia spent much of her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka and China due to her father's civil engineering work. On returning to New Zealand as a teenager, painting enabled her to reconnect with her homeland and her mixed Maori and European heritage, as well as celebrate the cultural and religious diversity that she had experienced overseas.
Sofia’s contemporary Maori portraits depict creative individuals who are helping to evolve today’s culture through their own art forms or roles in society. Her mythical, primordial landscapes and seascapes with ancient waka (canoes) are inspired by the creation myths, voyaging history and spirit of Aotearoa (New Zealand).