Sônia Menna Barreto (São Paulo - Brazil 05/11/1953 - )


About

Sonia Menna Barreto
Currently lives and works in São Paulo.
Born on November 5th, 1953 in São Paulo, the capital city of the state of São Paulo in Brazil, Menna Barreto began drawing in 1960. From that time through 1962 she attended a Junior Art school.
At the age of 16 she became a student at the painting school of Waldemar da Costa (a well known artist who has received a very important prize at the São Paulo Biennial) where she studied for one year.
From 1974 to 1980 she taught English and at the same time she was a participant
in the art competitions in various cities. As a result of her participation in these contests she received many prizes.
In 1980 she began studying at the studio of Luiz Portinari (Cândido Portinari’s brother), in the Cândido Portinari Art Center in São Paulo. During her time there she learned about artistic life and artistic trends, and heard many stories about the great painters, writers and poets who had lived at the time of Portinari. Luiz Portinari introduced her to the work of Max Ernst, De Chirico, Magritte and Paul Delvaux. After this time with Portinari her work took a surrealistic direction. This was a conclusive phase in her career as she began to develop her inmost creative side, and learned how to solve technical problems on her own.
Three years later, when the course was over, Sônia installed her studio in her home and began her first works as a professional artist. In 1989 she made her first solo exhibit in São Paulo which was a success with both the public and art critics. In 1991, the artist started her serigraph production. Those serigraphs were introduced in 1995 in the biggest travelling solo exhibit ever to be realized in the country, covering 12 cities.
The artist Sônia Menna Barreto, has been focusing her artistic production on the expression nearest to homo ludens, the lucid man. Her creative spirit has searched for places and characters who inhabit the imagination of people of all ages.
Her technique has its origins in the Flemish painters of the fifteenth century, mixing hyper-realism with details of the French technique of Trompe L’oeil. Her works are present in private collections in the world.
For the first time ever, the artistic work of a Brazilian was made a part of the British Royal Collection in October, 2002. This is one of the most important art collections in the world. The painting “Leonard Cheshire” by Sônia Menna Barreto was presented at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Exhibitions
1980 - Brazilian Association of Drawing and Visual Arts of Rio de Janeiro Citation (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
1981 - IV Itu Fine Arts Salon - Artistic Merit (Itu, Brazil)
1982 - I Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes Fine Arts Competition - Silver Medal (São Paulo, Brazil)
1983 - II Itu Plastic Arts Salon - Gold Medal (São Paulo, Brazil)
X “Primeira Mão” a Fine Arts Competition for young artists - Acquistion Award; also
the winner of the Annual Award (Santos, Brazil)
II Araraquara Fine Arts Competition-Acquisition Award; also the winner of the
Annual Award. (Araraquara, Brazil)
II Ararense Fine Arts Competition - Merit of Honor (Araras, Brazil)
1984 - I Fine Arts Free Competition Salon - Workshop do Carmo (São Paulo, Brazil)
XXXIV Belas Artes Official Salon of Juiz de Fora City- Silver Medal (Juiz de Fora, Brazil) III Araraquara Fine Arts Competition - Gold Medal (Araraquara, Brazil)

Contemporary Art Center Salon - Gold Medal (Paris, France)
II São José do Rio Preto Contemporary Art Salon - Gold Medal (São José do Rio Preto, Brazil) I Fine Arts Free Competition Salon - Silver Medal (São Paulo, Brazil)
VII Itu Fine Arts Competition Salon - Bronze Medal (Itu, Brazil)
1989 - Solo Exhibit at André Art Gallery (São Paulo, Brazil)
1990 - 12th Annual Art-Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center (New York, USA) 1992 - Chapel Art Show - First Prize (São Paulo, Brazil)
1993 - Chapel Art Show - First Prize (São Paulo, Brazil)
1994 - Chapel Art Show - First Prize (São Paulo, Brazil)
1995 - Solo Exhibit at André Art Gallery (São Paulo, Brazil)
1996 – Ambassador Galleries in NY begins to represent the artist
1997 - Chapel Art Show - First Prize (São Paulo, Brazil)
Annual Art-Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center (New York, USA) Annual Art-Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center (L.A., USA)
1998 - Chapel Art Show - First Prize (São Paulo, Brazil)
Annual Art-Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center (New York, USA) Solo Exhibit at Casa das Artes Gallery (São Paulo, Brazil)
1999 - Annual Art-Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center (New York, USA) Chapel Art Show - First Prize (São Paulo, Brazil)
2000 - Annual Art-Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center (New York, USA) The 2000 Yellow Springs Art Show (Chester Springs, USA)
Expo Antiquaria ( Buenos Aires, Argentina )
2001 - 23rd Annual Art-Expo, (New York, USA)
The 2001 Yellow Springs Art Show (Chester Springs, USA)
Exhibition: JM Gallery (New York, USA)
nternational Festival “Bravissimo” - Brasilart (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
2002 - Exhibition : Galeria Mali Villas Boas ( Sâo Paulo, Brazil ) Shell Project– Royal Collection ( London, England )
2003- Exhibition : Espaço Arte M. Mizrahi ( São Paulo, Brazil ) Exhibition : Opus Galeria de Arte ( Salvador, Brazil )
2005- Exhibition : “Efeitos Lusos Contemporâneos Brasileiros” (Torres Vedras, Portugal)
2006- Exhibition : Galeria Um Lugar ao Sol ( Curitiba, Brazil ).
2007- Exhibition “Sônia Menna Barreto – Pintora de Fantasias” – Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (SP, Brazil) Exhibition : Casa das Artes Galeria (São Paulo, Brazil)
Exhibition : Marcelo Neves Galeria de Arte (São Paulo, Brazil)
Exhibition : Art Galeria Mara Dolzan ( Campo Grande, MS, Brasil )
2008- Exhibition :Fundação Oviêdo Teixeira ( Aracajú, Brasil ) Exhibition: Magenta Galeria de Arte (Palmas, TO, Brazil)

2009- Exhibition : Sônia Menna Barreto ( Jataí, Goiás, Brazil )
Exhibition Sônia Menna Barreto - “Releitura” – Museu de Arte de Blumenau (Santa Catarina,Brazil )
2010- Exhibition: Marcelo Neves Galeria de Arte (São Paulo,Brazil)
Exhibition: “A Mente de Sônia Menna Barreto” – Caixa Cultural – Galeria Piccola II (Brasília,DF, Brazil)
2011- Exhibition: “From surreal to fantastic realism” São Paulo, Brazil
2013- Exhibition: “Sônia Menna Barreto” – Galeria C. Perrone (Bebedouro, SP, Brazil)
2014- Exhibition: “Brazilian Art Invades Moscow” – Art Gallery NA Kashieke (Moscow, Russia)
2016 - Parte, Contemporany Art Fair–Espaço Hebráica – AR Escritório de Arte , São Paulo, SP, Brazil Pinta Miami – Miami, USA
2017 - Parte, Contemporany Art Fair–Espaço Hebráica – AR Escritório de Arte , São Paulo, SP, Brazil Pinta Miami – Miami, USA
Casa Sônia Menna Barreto Museum opening – Bebedouo, SP, Brazil
2018 - Exhibition: “I Dream of a Queen Sônia Menna Barreto” – Duo Art Gallery – Miami, USA Exhibition: “A Arte para Viver II” - Casa Sônia Menna Barreto (Bebedouo, SP, Brazil)

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Work Selection

Sônia Menna  Barreto - Imperial Dish

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