Sonya Fe

Through my art I explore the infinite possibilities of the esthetic emotions aroused by the female figure: my figures are either alone or in groups, indoors or outdoors. You may be compelled to ask who these girls might be, or you might happen to intrude upon their space. I feel that I offer the viewer a splendid and poetic image, satisfying equally the intellect and the senses.

The figures themselves are not anatomically correct—some have little definition. However, the faces are very defined, making them the center of attention. My main concern is clearly with the relationships among these women’s varying physical presence and at the same time bringing into equilibrium the active lines and the colors that define them.

And, yes, many of these figures seem to struggle to find themselves, to find their female existence in a male’s storm that threatens their very existence.


Don’t Let the Child in You Die (Oil painting)

Looking at the actual canvas, one is struck by the unexpected beauty of the paint application itself. Every part of the surface is luminous—even the browns and blacks of the shadows. When the artists facets a form in the tradition of Cézanne or Picasso, she is describing not merely planes, but also the effect of light on them. Sometimes her form is volumetric and transparent at the same time—a technical tour de force which any painter is obliged to respect. The images seem to glow with inner radiance in this piece. Indeed, the whole picture seems to be a collage of transparent tissues.

A little child is either asleep or dead. I leave this up to you. Taking advantage of either situation, two audacious puppets are in the child’s quarters and are up to mischief. We all know somewhere in life we have forgotten how to play. I mean really play. Without this childlike feature, not one of us can create.

You Must Make a Choice (Drawing on paper, mixed medium)

"Humor, off-the-wall eccentricity, eroticism, and sometimes a touch of pathos are the seasonings which Sonya uses to give her art its unique flavor. The substance of Sonya Fe’s art is derived from various sources. Clearly she is indebted to the Mexican masters."

The female in this drawing is between relationships. She loves them both, but differently. Throughout the ages, men had mistresses and were not frowned upon for loving more than two women at the same time. Heaven help the woman who loves two men at the same time … society will give you one big headache if you listen to them.

Whereas the lady is confused and feels helpless, a man in the same situation would have a smile on his face and would strut like the "Cock of the Walk." Note that on the lady’s dress there is a smudge of blood down between her legs. This is to remind us all that "Only Women Bleed." The men are drawn as skeletons so that the main focus is the female figure. Crosses in the background and the blood on her dress represent life, as do the bones in the foreground. She is being pulled by both male figures and then by another force above her … she is tired, she cannot think … I guess it is hard being so popular.