I have always had a love for art and felt the need to express myself through colours and compositions. The photographs, nature drawings, nude and portrait paintings developed while training as a textile and design engineer helped me to develop a signature style that is as precise artistically as it is sound on an artisanal level. Like many artists of the 20th and 21st century, I have first prognossed from figurative painting to collage and then to abstraction.
I reduce to the essential: shapes and the substance of colours. My means of expression are surface structures and textures, strong contrasts, at times expressive colour choices and interplay with colour surfaces that partly conceal, partly reveal what lies beneath. Parts of the canvas remain open to emanifest the complexity and optical depth of the paintings. To apply layers, I use paintbrushes and palette knives, oil crayons, pencil and pigments.
Traveling is my source of inspiration: I am guided by memories of a place's colours, its nature, and particular patterns of light and shadow. I would like to show the beauty of the natural world. My artistic practice is a painted response to the disrespect for the environment and the fast pace of the increasingly digitalized world: an expression of my desire for us to develop respect for the surrounding world and recognize the urgency for a sustainable protection of nature.
Born in Stuttgart, Sonja Kalb lives and works in Düsseldorf. Her award-winning abstract paintings are featured in renowned private and public collections such as Yukyung Art Museum, Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoje, KR and Art Collection Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, DE. She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and art fairs e.g. Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo - Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris, FR - Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoje, KR, - London Art Biennale, London GB, - Topič Salon, Prague, CZ - Palazzo Velli, Rome, IT, - Gagliardi Gallery, London, UK, - Museo d'Arte di Chianciano, Chianciano Terme, IT.
Art fairs like as
art3f. Salon international d'art contemporain, Brussels Expo, Brussels, BE - art KARLSRUHE, Messe Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten, DE
- 23. + 25. Kunstmesse, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, DE - 1st International Contemporary Art Fair Iran, Qasr Garden Museum, Tehran, IR - Art Beijing, Fangheng International Center, Beijing, CN, - Affordable Art Fair, Rome, IT