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Sonomi Kobayashi

Sonomi Kobayashi

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Born and raised in Japan, Sonomi Kobayashi, is a New York based painter and printmaker who is interested in science, physics, stars, nature, and spirituality.


Her work is symbolic and abstract.  Her recent oil paintings are based on images that she saw during her meditation.  She also paints symbolic shapes that she finds attractive in nature. Her ink drawings and printmaking works are organic and abstract.  She likes to mix traditional and contemporary techniques and experiment with materials, color, and shapes. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (NYC), Ground Floor Gallery(NYC), Lesley Heller Workspace (NYC), Galerie ARTAe, (Leipzig Germany), The National Art Center Museum (Tokyo), Galerie La (Tokyo, Japan).  She received Will Barnet Grant in Printmaking in 2013, participated in residencies at MASS MoCA (MA), Vermont Studio Center (VT), ASL Vytlacil Campus (NY), and Cat'Art Contemporary Art Centre (France). Her work was purchased and became a part of the permanent collection of Yuko Nii Foundation of Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in 2014. Her current studio is in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.