While spending childhood and youth in the crowded barrios of East Los Angeles left some artists with a residue of resentment and hostility, Sonya Fe emerged from them with inspiration and hope. Much of this may be attributed to her parents, who noticed her artistic talent at an early age and did what they could to encourage it. In later years she recalled her father taking her on “drawing outings” so that she could draw people, animals, and objects she saw along the way; her mother allowed her to draw with colored chalk on the cement kitchen floor. At the age of thirteen Fe sold her first drawing and received a summer scholarship to Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Later she studied at Los Angeles City College and subsequently the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she earned her B.A. in 1976. Growing recognition of her abilities brought her the opportunity to paint a mural for Pacific Telephone, and with her earnings from the project she traveled to Mexico to study the murals of Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco. “To my astonishment,” she recalled, “I had not learned anything about the artists in my formal education. My style changed dramatically after my visit to Mexico.”


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Don't Become a Dish to a Man...You Will Soon Break
1996| Serigraph | 25" x 37.5"
Edition of 63
$600

Sonya Fe