Find out about Sonia Payes

Upcoming Exhibitions

Lorne Sculpture Biennale, 12 March – 3 April, 2018

Sculpture at Hillview, 28 March – 27 May, 2018


Recent Exhibitions

Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, 19 October – 5 November, 2017


Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland, 8 – 17 September 2017

Terra Mysteria, Monash Gallery of Art, 12 August – 8 October, 2017

Emergence, Scott Livesey Galleries, 16 August – 9 September, 2017

Montalto Sculpture Prize, 2017 – Finalist
Sunday 26th February – Sunday 28th October, 2017.
Exhibition to be held in the grounds of Montalto



Robert Lindsay, Rapture: The art of Sonia Payes, Parallel Futures exhibition, McClelland Gallery, 2016

Sasha Grishin, The Article, Sonia Payes – Regenerating the Future, 2017



Sonia Payes is a photographer, sculptor and new media artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her body of work explores the narrative of humanity’s capacity to adapt and grow in the ever-changing environment.

Payes gained attention with her early portraiture, creating images that both captured and defined her subjects with her photographic essays on 60 Australian artists in UNTITLED. Portraits of Australian Artists published by Macmillan Art Publishing, introduction by Professor Ted Snell, in 2007. Since then she has exhibited in national and international galleries including: McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Melbourne; Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne; Olympia Exhibition Centre, London; Willow Studios, Los Angeles; BOMA Shipping Container Gallery, Queensland; Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Queens Wharf, Auckland; Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne; Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne; Cube 37, Melbourne; ACAF, Hong Kong; Shangahi Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, Shanghai; John Curtin Access Gallery, Perth.

In 2014, Payes’s participation in the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Awards led her to win the McClelland Achievement Prize (MAP14) which allowed Payes to realise her recent solo exhibition Parallel Futures, at McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, 2016.

In conjunction with this exhibition, in 2017 Payes launched her artist monograph Transformations: The Art of Sonia Payes, by Ashley Crawford.

Payes in currently working to progress her sculptural practice as an extension of, and in conjunction with her photographic work.

Payes is represented Scott Livesey Galleries.


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