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Sofia Minson

Sofia Minson

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). 




Sophia Prints
Sophia Prints

Sophia

Limited edition of 275 signed fine-art prints."The Story of Sophia:Sophia is the Gnostic goddess of wisdom.  Wearing Victorian dress and moko kauae (Maori chin tattoo) this woman presents a stabl..

$1,050.00

Sophia

$1,050.00

Hine-titama Prints
Hine-titama Prints

Hine-titama

Limited edition of 95 signed fine-art prints.The Story of Hine-titama:This portrait began as a feeling I was curious to uncover. While I painted her she was a sacred mirror to me, reflecting back a qu..

$950.00

Hine-titama

$950.00

Aoraki Fractalis Prints
Aoraki Fractalis Prints

Aoraki Fractalis

Limited edition of 95 signed unframed fine-art prints.The Story of Aoraki Fractalis:"Aoraki Fractalis is a surreal, interdimensional view of Aoraki Mt Cook, Ngāi Tahu’s sacred mountain, as seen from t..

$950.00
Magdelena
Magdelena

Magdelena

Limited edition of 95 signed unframed fine-art prints."The Story of Magdalena:Magdalena is a cross-cultural goddess. She is Gnostic Christianity’s Sophia and Mary Magdalene, ancient Egypt’s Isis, and ..

$950.00

Magdelena

$950.00

Hine-nui-te-pō
Hine-nui-te-pō

Hine-nui-te-pō

Limited edition of 95 signed unframed fine-art prints.The story of Hine-nui-te-pō:"I drew visual inspiration for this portrait from dozens of black and white 19th and 20th century photographs of Maori..

$950.00

Hine-nui-te-pō

$950.00

Breath of Life Prints
Breath of Life Prints

Breath of Life

Unframed Limited edition of 95 signed prints.These two tui are exchanging hā or breath of life in the sacred act of hongi, a traditional Māori greeting.The symmetry between them delineates darkness an..

$950.00

Breath of Life

$950.00

Horus Prints
Horus Prints

Horus

Unframed Limited edition of 95 signed prints."This portrait of a young man with a bow tie and bowler hat fuses Western, Māori and Egyptian traditions together.His form was inspired by dozens of 19th-c..

$950.00

Horus

$950.00

The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey

Limited edition of 95 signed prints.“We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalises.”― Joseph Campbel..

$950.00
The Navigators Sofia Minson
The Navigators Sofia Minson

The Navigators

Limited edition of 95 signed prints.“Culture and civilization relentlessly voyage into the wild, untamed realm of nature. This is a very important work that brings together 13 years of my ideas and te..

$950.00

The Navigators

$950.00

Aoraki Raama Sofia Minson
Aoraki Raama Sofia Minson

Aoraki Raama

Limited edition of 95 signed prints.The story of Aoraki Raama:Here stands our tallest peak in New Zealand, Aoraki Mt Cook.  Ngāi Tahu’s sacred mountain is crowned with gold geometric patterns. Th..

$950.00

Aoraki Raama

$950.00

Ranginui Sofia Minson
Ranginui Sofia Minson

Ranginui

Limited edition of 95 signed prints."The vision was for a very light, black and white meditative portrait of a rangatira (Maori chief). There was to be a large area of white canvas left uninterrupted ..

$950.00

Ranginui

$950.00

Krishna Aoraki Sofia Minson
Krishna Aoraki Sofia Minson

Krishna Aoraki

Limited edition of 95 signed prints."The story of Krishna Aoraki:The elements collide. Earth is Ngāi Tahu’s sacred mountain Aoraki Mt Cook. Water is the snow and glaciers melting into the brilliant tu..

$950.00

Krishna Aoraki

$950.00

Tuke - Rock Wren Sofia Minson
Tuke - Rock Wren Sofia Minson

Tuke - Rock Wren

Limited edition print.  75 signed prints."Tuke" is the New Zealand Rock Wren, a tiny reclusive bird, which spends its life hopping and flitting through the alpine boulder fields of South Island's..

$950.00
Ngahuia Sofia Minson
Ngahuia Sofia Minson

Ngahuia

Limited edition of 95 signed prints.This print is of Aotearoa's native and sadly extinct huia birds.  Huia, with their black bodies, white tipped tail feathers and fleshy orange wattles, were the..

$950.00

Ngahuia

$950.00

Heaven and Void
Heaven and Void

Heaven and Void

Limited edition unframed print.Edition of 95.In Maori culture, huia were not usually eaten but were rare and treasured for their precious white tipped feathers, worn by people to indicate status and m..

$950.00

Heaven and Void

$950.00

Tuihana Sofia Minson
Tuihana Sofia Minson

Tuihana

Limited edition unframed print.  Edition of 95.Loose, black, ink-like washes shape the body of the tui, while the mustard yellow background, represents the tui's much loved kowhai flowers.  ..

$950.00

Tuihana

$950.00

 Waka Maui  Maori Art
 Waka Maui  Maori Art

Waka Maui

Unframed limited edition print. Edition of 75. This work was inspired by the legend of Māui, a demi-god who lived in Hawaiiki, the mythical ancestral homeland of the Māori.  One ..

$1,050.00

Waka Maui

$1,050.00

He Iti Kahurangi Maori Art
He Iti Kahurangi Maori Art

He Iti Kahurangi

Unframed limited edition print.Edition of 75.In this painting a yellowhead or mōhua, a small endemic South Island bird, stands in front of Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu, in which Mt Earnslaw and s..

$790.00
Aroha mai, aroha atu  Maori Art
Aroha mai, aroha atu  Maori Art

Aroha mai, aroha atu

Unframed limited edition print. Edition of 75.Aroha mai, aroha atu: "Aroha mai, aroha atu" is a Maori proverb meaning "love received, love returned." To the artist this work ..

$970.00
He Kotuku Rerenga Tahi Maori Art
He Kotuku Rerenga Tahi Maori Art

He Kotuku Rerenga Tahi

Limited edition print.  Edition of 75. "He Kotuku Rerenga Tahi" was inspired by the legend of Kupe, the great Polynesian navigator and expresses universal themes of journeys, dynamic life a..

$1,050.00
From Rangiatea Maori Art
From Rangiatea Maori Art

From Rangiatea

"From Rangiātea" expresses universal themes of origins, journeys, dynamic life, deep stillness and a spiritual connection with the land. The painting is named after a group of islands in the Pacific k..

$950.00

From Rangiatea

$950.00

Matawhaorua Maori Art
Matawhaorua Maori Art

Matawhaorua

Unframed Limited Edition Print.  Edition of 30.Motivated by Sofia's reverence for the land and history of Oceania, this painting explores the spirit of the renowned legend of Kupe. This fabled Po..

$1,050.00

Matawhaorua

$1,050.00

Matire Te Horowai Maori Art
Matire Te Horowai Maori Art

Matire Te Horowai

Matire Te Horowai comes in a special unframed limited edition print of just 30.“Matire Te Horowai” is a portrait of Sofia's great-grandmother and is one of the artist's most important works. The kuia ..

$1,050.00

Matire Te Horowai

$1,050.00