Sonia Payes is an Australian artist working with photography, multi-media, animation and sculpture, based in Melbourne, Australia. A strong environmental narrative permeates Payes’s works and the cycle of re-creation is explored in her wildly dystopian landscapes, portraits and sculptures.
Payes has exhibited in public and private galleries including museums nationally and internationally; Represented in numerous public galleries and private collections in Australia, Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland, London, Belgium and United States of America. Payes has participated in many Art Fairs, most recently 2019 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, NSW, Australia.
In 2016 Payes held a major solo exhibition at McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park titled ‘Parallel Futures’, as the recipient of the MAP14 Prize for sculpture.
In 2017 Payes's curated solo exhibition was held at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne.
In 2020 Payes was one of the selected Australian artists to exhibit at the Southeast Museum Of Photography in Florida USA.
In 2022, Payes recently exhibited alongside the works of Helmut Newton, with the Helmut Newton Foundation at Fotonostrum in Barcelona SPAIN, followed by a solo exhibition at Fringe Festival, WA and a public art exhibition Transmutations 2022 for the City Of Melbourne, Australia.
Soon after receiving an Honourable Mention for her photography work as a finalists in the 2022 MGA Bowness Photography Prize, Payes won the Waverley Council Grounds Staff Pick for her 2.5 metre bronze sculpture at Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi, Australia, simultaneously exhibiting 14 of her new photography works in Barcelona at the 3rd Barcelona Photo Biennial, Spain.
Selected solo & group exhibitions include:
Fotonostrum Barcelona ESP
Assembly Point, Southbank, Melbourne VIC AUS
Southeast Museum Of Photography Florida USA
MGA Bowness Prize VIC AUS
McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park VIC AUS
Scott Livesey Galleries VIC AUS
Fabrik Expo Art Design & Architecture Los Angeles USA
Art16 London Fehily Contemporary UK
Willow Studios Los Angeles Arts District Of DTLA USA
Auckland Art Fair Fehily Contemporary NZ
Shanghai Contemporary ACAF CHINA
Urban Planning Exhibition Centre Shanghai CHINA
Sculpture By The Sea Bondi NSW AUS
White Night Melbourne VIC AUS
Lorne Sculpture Biennale VIC AUS
L’Oreal Fashion Week VIC AUS
BOMA Shipping Container Gallery QLD AUS
CCP Perth WA AUS
CCP Melbourne VIC AUS
Melbourne Art Fair Charles Nodrum Gallery VIC AUS
John Curtin Gallery Perth WA AUS
Tarrawarra Museum Of Art VIC AUS
Bayside Art Gallery Melbourne VIC AUS
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA AUS
Hillview Sculpture Biennial Southern Highlands NSW AUS
Winmark Winery Sculpture Walk Hunter Valley NSW AUS
Major Selected Publications:
UNTITLED.Portraits of Australian Artists - by Sonia Payes - Macmillan Art Publishing 2007
TRANSFORMATIONS The Art of Sonia Payes - by Dr. Ashley Crawford - Thames & Hudson 2017
Look Contemporary Australian Photography Since 1980 - by Professor Anne Marsh - Macmillan Art Publishing 2010
AgIdeas, Design Is Difference - by Ken Cato -Design Media Publishing Limited 2013
Sculpture By The Sea, The First Twenty Years 1997 - 2016 - by David Handley AM - Pennypig Publishing 2016
View Finding: Monash Gallery Of Art 1990 – 2020 - by Monash Gallery Of Art
Payes is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries Melbourne Australia