Sophia Elise is an Auckland based, self-taught artist. She is actively involved in the local art community as a founding member and Manager of the New Zealand Art Guild, member of the Trust Board for Mairangi Art Centre and a participant in the ART Generator and ART Venture Programmes.
Since 2004, Sophia has been selected as a finalist in several NZ Art Awards and involved in numerous exhibitions throughout NZ. She has also exhibited in London and Italy and had her artwork selected to be created into original bangles by American jewellery company, Bajidoo Bangles. Her artwork is held in collections in New Zealand, Australia, America and England.
Sophia has two very distinct styles of art. She is an extremely tactile person and this love of texture is reflected in her heavily textured, minimalist, abstract style which often incorporates resin. Her other distinctive style is created entirely with hand painted dots and inspired by the rich Maori culture.
When Sophia creates she believes it's important to 'Make it Memorable'. She achieves this by drawing inspiration from her emotions and forging it with her environment and experiences. By doing this she encourages the viewer to connect on a deeper level and explore places within themselves. Sophia creates unique, original art which is a window into her soul.
'If my art can reach into the soul of another and emotionally and spiritually touch that person, then it's all worthwhile.'
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Sophia Elise joined Fine Art America on April 19th, 2008.