Inside the Studio: Sonnia Guerra (Brazil)

unnamedATELIER 09Sonnia Guerra

Favorite material to work with?
Acrylic and canvas.

What themes do you pursue?

ATELIER 05Sonnia at work in her studio.

How many years as an artist?
32 years.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
My husband’s advice: “Never give up!”

Where is your studio?
Brasilia, Brazil.


Sonnia in her studio.

Art school or self-taught?
School of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
With music.

What’s around the corner from your place? 

71561-13157412-7“Series 22” by Sonnia Guerra

Where can we find you outside of the studio?
At home, with my family.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
I can’t imagine.

Day job?
Night and day.

71561-13694109-7“Series 29” by Sonnia Guerra

Favorite contemporary artist?
Gerhard Richter, Tápies, Chuck Close.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A Picasso work.

Who are your favorite writers?
Jorge Amado.

71561-12948329-7“Red Wine” by Sonnia Guerra

Use anything other than paint?
Golden leaves, sometimes.

Is painting dead?
Never will be.

Favorite brush?
Flat brush in bristle.

71561-13157862-7“Series 04” by Sonnia Guerra 

Palette knifes?
I use them sometimes.

Monet or Manet?


  1. Patrick Hillard says:

    I like this work Sonia, I can relate to it.

  2. Beautiful work I feel wonder and get lost in you paintings.

  3. James says:

    I wish we could see more works hanging on a wall in a real context like this. It’s a huge help for online buyers like me. The “view in a room” tool in never going to be enough.

    Amazing work, by the way!

  4. manuel munoz says:

    I’m artist too, your paintings are simply beautiful, I love your art studio with bigs paintins, God bless you always, you are a ! tremenda pintora ! felicidades. Soy ecuatoriano viva el Arte. estoy feliz de comnocerte Sonnia , ! perdon por mi ingles !

  5. So beautiful, all the layers evoking dreams, like places I’ve been but lost in the passage of time. Thank you for sharing your work!

  6. karen says:

    I love you art ery beautiful painting

  7. You have some lovely works, Sonnia. I enjoyed looking at your site.
    I also see the very, very large size canvas- which is what I am transferring to- as I see it can sometimes make all the difference in the way a wall or space is seen.
    Nice article-congratulations!

  8. The most difficult aspect of being an artist is the perseverance and commitment in the research work. I think you summed up everything in this lapidary phrase: “Never give up!”

  9. Ray Cooper says:

    Wanting to see something beautiful and meaningful I came upon your lovely work this morning. Thank you. I also paint. From aspects of nature which is the source of meaningful abstraction. Keep on painting. I will look again to see how you take your vision.

  10. Great inspirational work, and in my opinion it isn’t abstract, it is so much more very expressive and figurative in a beautiful way.


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