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An Art 2 Heart Interview with Sónia Domingues

Viviana Puello

Award-winning artist and designer Sónia Domingues excels with her creations in all mediums. Sonny, as she Ais known, has explained her art more like dreamscapes. "My paintings emerge from dreams, I want to take strolls through all artistic styles, showing my vision of them." She is not afraid to experiment and to exist outside the boundaries of each genre of art and creates great compositions of unexpected and intrinsic details. with a well-developed figurative technique.

Domingues is widely known for her glass paintings, and this medium contributes to the vibrancy of the works and the colors she brings to life. Domingues has a bold and masterful use of colors, and quite often it's the subject matter that leads the direction in her painting. Her “Personalities” collection has the likes of Marilyn Monroe with bright yellow hair and crimson lips in a pop art style and a gauzy white flower over her face, perhaps depicting a fragility that is easy to miss with a title "Marilyn, me? I'm A Flower A White Orchid".

The glass painting technique that creates cracks superimposed on an otherwise perfect image works well and give us a deeper understanding of Sonia Domingues artistry. Beautiful faces marked by the cracks on the stained glass could have a deeper meaning, cracks of celebrity, flawed beauty or perhaps the cracking of a mask. It is more broody than the rest of the collection with whimsical portraits of artists like Sarah Brightman, Vanessa Paradis looking ethereal and fairy-like.

Her latest work depicting the decadent history of the Palácio Chiado has won her major international critical acclaim. In the collection comprising of five works, she uses a faceless Butler to take the viewer through the five stages of the rise and fall of this iconic palace. Each of the five scenes painted using mixed media techniques on canvas. The scenes depict different periods in history “The Tragedies”, fire and the earthquake culminating in the extravagant and decadent descent to banality. The passion captured by the bold use of crimson colors and to amber colored liquid poured out of bottles like liquid gold. The collection has earned Domingues prestigious international awards, most recently, the ATIM Masters Awards by ArtTour International Magazine.

With her gentle essence, and courageous vulnerability placed on a canvas Sonny creates a powerfully subtle shift in her world.

Do you remember your first encounter with art, when did you know would become an artist?

"One day someone very wise, told me something that I have never forgotten: 'It was not me who chose Art, Art has chosen me.' Well, only life could show me if this statement would be fulfilled in me...

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Summer 2017