Sonia Toneu (Aiguaviva, 1988) lives and works between Barcelona and Berlin. Her artistic research is focused on abstraction, through painting, installation and digital media, as a way of proposing different realities to those we perceive. She completed the Visual Arts and Design program at the Escola Massana in Barcelona and moved on to the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya to complete her arts degree. She has also spent time studying Art History, Artistic Management, as well as Music.

Growing up in a country house within a creative family environment, she was surrounded by nature and from a young age, found interest in art and science. In her adolescence she was a musician in various bands. Upon arriving in Barcelona, she worked in fashion and advertising as both a model and photographer, surrounded by designers, photographers and set designers. This relationship with fashion accentuated her aesthetic and formal view of art. After graduating, her passion for, and curiousity to explore different societies and customs, led her to travel through Europe. Through her travels, geography became a focal point, increasing in her the concept of ́the place ́, the relationship with emotions and synesthesia.

She was selected as a finalist in several international painting competitions, such as the Iluro Foundation Biennial (2015), the Ibercaja Prize (2015), and the Ricard Camí Prize (2015). She was also selected for several art residences, such as Art Circle (Slovenia, 2019), Nautilus (Lanzarote, 2019), and Glogauair (Berlin, 2020). Her works have been presented in group exhibitions at contemporary art galleries throughout Spain as well as international art fairs. Toneu has had solo exhibitions at the Espai B Gallery (Barcelona, 2014 and 2018), Antoni Pinyol (Reus, 2016 and 2017) and Juan Manuel Lumbreras (Bilbao, 2019). In recent years, she has worked on various artistic installations, large murals and performed live painting sessions for festivals such as Poblenou Urban District (Barcelona). Currently, Sonia is researching and continuing to develop her artistic practice in Berlin.

Photography: Jose Trias. Berlin, February 2020.