Meet 25 year-old Australian artist Sonia Karzek and you will experience first-hand a life’s canvas bursting with colour.
Much like her art work, Sonia is full of soul. She communicates best through her love of painting; through one of the three musical instruments she is trained in; or through her latest creative outlet, designing for alternative clothing label Adelio Clothing.
“I was born and have lived in Adelaide most of my life,” Sonia said, “but my sense of adventure and desire for change got the better of me and I was drawn to the ruggedness of the NSW Central Coast.”
“Initially I missed the sanctuary of my Adelaide home but I soon discovered that new locations bring new perspectives to my art.”
“I can paint anywhere,” Sonia said.
The only Australian-born child of Polish immigrants, Sonia chose an alternative path to the rest of her family, a path which has been strewn with obstacles.
She was surrounded by intellectuals, yet conversely found that her strength lay in transforming imagery to canvas. Her passion was Art, yet she found herself studying Conservation and Land Management. Her paintings provided significance yet her confidence was dealt a blow by a moderator and high school teacher who wrongly predicted “she won’t amount to anything”.
“Those comments made me vow not to continue painting,” Sonia said.
“If it were not for Mum secretly entering my 2005 work Body Language into the Zollo Art Prize I might never have picked up a brush again.
“Not only did I sell my art but that particular piece won the Judges’ Choice.
“Mum is no longer with us, having tragically passed away two years ago, but she has left me with the greatest gift and that is self-belief and conviction in my ability as an artist."
In addition to the Zollo Art Prize Sonia’s 2008 piece Boxed In won an award at Mental Health Art Week NSW.
Sonia’s work can be found online at http://www.ronroachgallery.com.au/exhibitions
Sonia’s biography can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doFN19DGWcs
Adelio Clothing is available online at www.adelioclothing.com.au
Commissioned work can be arranged by contacting Sonia direct on 0434 225 245.
Sonia Karzek is a prized 25 year-old Australian artist living on the NSW central coast. Her work is currently being exhibited at Ron Roach Gallery in Balnarring Victoria. Sonia designs for alternative clothing label Adelio Clothing.
P: 0434 225 245
Adelio clothing is an alternate surf wear label hosting limited edition shirts and high quality wetsuits. Based in Avoca Beach, NSW it also caters to a range of genres including, skate, art, music, culture, photography and specialises in LTD EDT.