Sonia Calderón was raised in the bay area of San Francisco and primarily in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She started exploring with her artistic side at a young age.  She went to art school at the Art Academy in San Francisco, and Darmstadt Applied Sciences in Hessen, Germany.  Calderón’s interests include fashion, design, mysteries of nature and the human experience.  Her artistic influences are several abstract expressionistic painters of the 20th century, street photographers which focus on glam and guilty pleasures.  Her process is an exploration with color, depth, patterns with mood and a sense of place.  She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Artist Statement

Her painting style involves a distinct palette of colors reflecting the character of her subjects often moody, flashy and sensual. She extracts many ideas to create an impression of mystery and ambiguity. Her cityscapes are impressions of metropolitan life: chaos and beauty. Sonia's paintings of women are strong natured. but take nose dives into the mysteries of life.  Lips are her new series a movement of love, death and sneaky chews. 


JCO's PLACE, Los Gatos, CA  Sept 29-Oct 20 2016 Solo Show

Beverly Hills Art Show May 21-22 2016

Urban Spaces & Kirchner's One Night Stands May 6-19 Michaelangelo Gallery Santa Cruz, CA

Lumens Gallery, Capitola, California, Aug. 2015-Present

La Belle Gallery, Bluff Series, Carmel, California, Jan-Oct. 2014

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Marin, California, Sept. 2015

Palo Alto Fine Arts Festival, Aug. 2014 + Aug. 2015
Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco, Nov. 2014

Stripe Design Boutique, "Alluring Views" Feb. 2014

MichaelAngelo Gallery  Group Show, 2014. 

Preview Exhibition Arts Council Santa Cruz, California,


Sept. 2015, Damon Orion, “Open Studios Featured Artist,” Local Santa Cruz

March 2015, Christina Waters, “Keep it Juicy,” Good Times

Nov. 2014, Christa Martin, “Sonia Calderon’s Life Steeped in Art,” Santa Cruz Sentinel

Oct. 2013, Kirby Scudder, “The Colorfields of Open Studios Artist Sonia Calderon,” Santa Cruz Sentinel

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