Sonia Gomes, Still I Rise, MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2018
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Sonia Gomes works with sculpture and installations made with different materials, such as clothes and furniture, and plays with potential spiritual combinations between them. Her compositions stem from a spontaneous and casual practice of deconstruction and re-assemblage of the everyday objects that cross her path. The artworks are created in a process conducted with a rare intuition, giving life and proposing a new sense to things in the world. 

These amalgams carry vestiges of previous existences and each part is added to the whole in a double process. In other words, their physical nature and their historical weight. Expressionist-like organic forms emerge from the decomposition of affective objects, which invariably lead to the vision of a pulsating life, made from the combination of different experiences and memories. 

Gomes designs multiple and meticulous contortions with fabric - strictly using handcraft techniques. Each seam or fold comes from vernacular procedures aimed at transcending the notion of the popular, combining the naive (as a result of an informal and self-taught background) and the erudite (in line with a rigorous gaze and gesture); the traditional and the inventive; the readymade and the authorial, in order to forge an affective, aesthetic and political redistribution of art’s complexities, raw materials and outcomes. Within the entanglement of memories and intuitive materializations, biographies find escape routes in a tactile and organic way, experimenting with new and vibrant ways of existing. 

Sonia Gomes (Caetanópolis, 1948) lives and works in São Paulo.
In 2018 the artist had her first major monographic institutional exhibitions in Brazil, at MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo and at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói.  
In addition, her work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as the 56ª Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2015); Entangled, Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom (2017); Revival, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA (2017); Art & Textiles – Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2013); Out of Fashion. Textile in International Contemporary Art, Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark (2013).


Visual Arts, Escola Guignard, Brazil
Solo Shows

Sonia Gomes, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium 
Sonia Gomes & Marga Ledora, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Still I Rise, MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo / Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, Brazil 
A vida renasce, sempre, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A.R. Penck and Sonia Gomes, Hic Svnt Dracones, New York, USA
Lines in wefts, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Nascer Uma Vez Após a Outra, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Stitch In Time, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
O ritmo da linha, Espaço cultural Fórum Lafayette, Lafayette, Brazil                
Um Lugar, BDMG Cultural, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Serie Patuás e Torções, Galeria Thomas Cohn, São Paulo, Brazil
Objetos, Sandra & Marcio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Pinturas, Casa de Cultura de Sete Lagoas, Brazil
Group Shows

Unconscious Landscape - Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, United Kingdom 
Experimenting with Materiality, Lévy Gorvy, Zurich, Switzerland 
Histórias Afro-Atlânticas, MASP, São Paulo, Brazil
O Triângulo Atlântico, 11ª Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Tissage, Tressage, Fondation Villa Datris, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
Everyday Poetics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Osso - Exposição-apelo ao amplo direito de defesa de Rafael Braga, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
Entangled, Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom 
Revival, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA
New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
Tudo Joia, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil
No Man's Land: Women Artists From The Rubell Family Collection, National Museum of Women in The Arts, Washigton, USA
Brasil, Beleza?!,Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Aquilo Que Nos Une, Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculture by Women 1947-2016, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, USA
Histórias/Histories: Contemporary Art From Brazil, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Florida, USA
No Man's Land: Women Artists From The Rubell Family Collection, Rubel Family Collection, Miami, USA
All the World's Futures, 56ª Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
19º Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Video Brasil: Panoramas do Sul, Associação Cultural Video Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil
The Poetry in Between: South to South, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Made By...Feito por Brasileiros, Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil
A Nova Mão Afro-Brasileira, Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil
Art & Textiles – Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Out of Fashion. Textile in International Contemporary Art, Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
Alphabet of The Magi, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Meditation, Trance, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Impulsos, Galeria Emma Thomas, São Paulo, Brazil
Oferenda, Galeria Rhys Mendes, Jardim Canadá, Brazil
2006 – 2007  
Brasil Imaginário, Estação São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2006 – 2007  
Etsuko Kobayashi et Sonia Gomes, Edgard Gallery, Paris, France
X Bienal Nacional de Santos, Santos, Brazil
Encontro com a Arte, XLVII Encontro do BID, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Chita Bacana, SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil
Mostra Fim de Ano, Celma Albuquerque Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Processos Tridimensionais, Casa da Saudade, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Expressões de Minas, Casa de Minas, São Paulo, Brazil

Solomon R Guggenheim
Rubell Family Collection
Muzeum Susch, Zernez
Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro
Museu Afro Brasil
San Antonio Museum of Art

Terra Trema
Sonia Gomes The Silence of Color
Sonia Gomes, Marga Ledora Sonia Gomes & Marga Ledora
natura naturans
Natura Naturans
A.R. Penck, Sonia Gomes A.R. Penck & Sonia Gomes
Curated by Fernanda Brenner
Sonia Gomes Lines in Wefts
Sonia Gomes Nascer, uma vez após a outra
Alphabet of The Magi
Sonia Gomes Risco do Tempo
Meditação, Transe
Sonia Gomes Sonia Gomes
A vida renasce / Ainda me levanto Sonia Gomes