About Sofia MINSON
Award-winning artist Sofia Minson draws on her Māori, Swedish, Irish and English heritage to paint the cultural milieu of contemporary New Zealand. In particular, Sofia’s time spent connecting with her Ngāti Porou ancestry (Māori nation in the East Cape and Gisborne areas) is what inspires her distinctive portraiture work and prolific landscape scenes. This connection to land, and hunger for culture, paired with Sofia’s global upbringing across Samoa and Sri Lanka, are poured into her powerful pieces. For the Aotearoa Country Special, we chat with Sofia about how creative travel helped inform her identity, seeking inspiration in New Zealand, and her East Cape and Bay of Plenty Travel Playbook.