I was born in Aiguaviva, a small town in the Catalan Pre-coastal mountain range and I grew up in an isolated country house at 600 meters above sea level, a fact that made the family relationship and nature very close during my childhood. My father, builder and peasant, and my mother, artisan and lover of the flora, made in our home habitual to find images of constructions, maps, plans and naturalistic and scientific drawing. My interest in the landscape was cultivated during adolescence, where another important reference appeared: music. I played in several bands for years, with which I was able to travel across the peninsula filling my personal imaginary with memories and different landscapes.
I developed my artistic practice when I decided to study painting at the Escola Massana in Barcelona, where the teacher and painter Javier Puértolas played a key role in the step towards abstraction, discovering at the same time artists such as Albert Oehlen, Julie Mehretu or Franz Ackermann. After completing my career, I traveled through Europe to cities such as Manchester, Copenhagen, Palermo, Berlin, Reykjavik, Madrid or Helsinki, which included themes such as the representation of landscape sound and urban architecture. In the graphic elements is where find the musical and organic influence of mine.
My current works reconfigure the contemporary landscape from layer overlays where I construct, destroy and reconstruct images where the combination of geometric structures and free traces, of vibrant colors, draw maps and circuits of the horizons that I interpret: sounds, lights, movements, artificial structures and natural energies that coexist in the same space, like a soundtrack of my experience in each place.
I would like to continue this study of the contemporary landscape in the city of Berlin to open new horizons at a professional level. Get to know the city’s artistic environment and create a network of new contacts to have new experiences that we must grow as an artist.
I would also like to take part in open studios as I believe that public feedback is necessary in this personal and artistic growth, to be able to understand other points of view about my work and that of other artists and to be able to give visibility to the works.
Sonia Toneu takes the landscape as a reference and as a definition of our identity as a society and as individuals. The fundamental concepts to initiate the creative process come from the observation of nature, the relationship between people and the environment, the coexistence with artificial elements, the superposition of constructions and the saturation of visual stimuli and objects.
The process to build each work is based on the superposition of layers as an accumulation of information and elements that coexist in the same space at the same time. The artist uses diluted acrylic paint in the first layers of the background and in the following she creates geometric and solid shapes that make up the cartography of the image. The gestural brushstrokes of vibrant colors and the hatched of angular or organic lines with wax bars, graphite or markers are also components of this landscape. As the work progresses she destroys parts of the image with the superposition of new elements making their totality in constant transformation and dialogue to transmit her experiences and emotions as part of the current world.
Arts degree. Open Catalonia University (UOC). Barcelona, Spain (current)
Painting degree. Massana School of arts, Barcelona, Spain.
Introspecciones en el paisaje. Galeria Lumbreras, Bilbao.
Sonia Toneu. Galeria Espai B, Barcelona, Spain.
Defensar la cultura (two person solo). Galeria Antoni Pinyol, Reus, Spain.
Cartografia imaginaria. Convent de les Arts d’Alcover, Spain.
Sound scapes. Galeria Antoni Pinyol, Reus, Spain.
Sound maps. Galeria Espai B, Barcelona, Spain.
Impuls orgànic (two person solo). Galeria Espai B, Barcelona, Spain.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Winter group show. Galeria Espai B, Barcelona.
Poblenou Open Night, interior mural, La Plataforma art gallery, Barcelona.
Tzompaltli, Group show, Galería 18, Playa del Carmen, México.
Poblenou Open Day, horizontal outdoor mural rooftop Playground, Barcelona.
Affordable Art Fair Milano, with Galería Espiral.
Poblenou Open Night, exterior mural for Hotel The Gates, Barcelona.
Festival Llambordes Street Art, exterior mural, Reus.
Impulsarte – Hybrid Festival. Petit Palace Savoy, Madrid.
X Premi Salou de recerca pictòrica. Torre Vella, Salou.
STRIPART XXIII, outdoor mural. CC Guinardó, Barcelona.
Poblenou Open Day, live interior mural on the festival. Poblenou, Barcelona.
Reus Urban Art. Street murals in collaboration of Galeria Antoni Pinyol, Reus, Spain.
Group exhibition Arteles Creative Centre. Haukijarvi, Finland.
Group exhibition Farran 23, Barcelona, Spain.
100x100Photo. Galeria Espai B, Barcelona, Spain.
Winter group show. Galeria Espai B, Barcelona, Spain.
Telax 2015. Galeria Antoni Pinyol, Reus, Spain.
Young art biennale. Sabadell, Spain.
BBVA Ricard Camí painting prize group show. Terrassa, Spain.
Young painters group show. Fundació Iluro Mataró, Spain.
Internacional Young painters gro show. Ibercaja , Zaragoza, Spain.
Kölner Liste Contemporary Art Fair.
De la paraula a la música. Setba, Barcelona, Spain.
Més enllà de la Massana. Jim Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain.
SWAB Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Espai B, Barcelona, Spain. Colectiva. Galeria Espai B, Barcelona, Spain.
SETBA Jove 2012. Setba, Barcelona, Spain.
STRIPART, XVII mostra d’art jove. CCG, Barcelona, Spain.
Col·lectiu El Fresc. La Carbonea. Girona, Spain.
Open Studio. Satoko Nagashima and Sònia Toneu. ArtFunkl, Manchester, England. Col·lectiu 13. Palau de Congressos. St
Julià de Lòria, Andorra.
FIGRAMU. Sala Blava Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain.
RESIDENCIES & AWARDS
Artist in residence GlogauAIR, Berlín.
Artist in residence grant, Casa del artista Nautilus, Lanzarote.
Artist in residence grant Art Circle, Slovenja.
Interior rooms mural for The Gates Hotel, Barcelona.
Convent de les Arts d’Alcover. Award for the project Cartografies Imaginaries.
Artist in Residence, Arteles Creative Centre, Finland.
Artist in Residence, Nordanbal, Iceland.
Finalist in Telax award. Galeria Antoni Pinyol, Reus, Spain.
Finalist in young art biennale. Sabadell, Spain.
Finalist in BBVA Ricard Camí painting prize. Terrassa, Spain.
Finalist in Young painters grant. Fundació Iluro Mataró, Spain.
Finalist in internacional Young painters grant. Ibercaja , Zaragoza, Spain.
Artist in Residence, Cerdeira Village Arts&crafts, Portugal.
Finalist in Why I love BCN, Generator Barcelona Art Competition.Spain.
Artist in Residence, ArtFunkl, Manchester, England. Select for Art Kudos International Competition.
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