South African Artist, Sonia Strumpfer
Born in Cape Town in 1960, she matriculated in Pretoria and studied at the University of Potchefstroom for a BA degree in Communication. After graduating she worked for National Press for two years, then studied nursing and specialised in intensive care nursing. She worked in intensive care units in Tygerberg and Paarl over the next 14 years, painting as a release from the stressful work. Wanting to further develop her art, she studied watercolour painting in her free time with Johan Coetzee. After moving to Port Elizabeth in 1998 she trained in oil painting under Rina de Wet, Duncan Stuart and Nonnie Roodt. Her debut exhibition was in 2001 when she organized a large exhibition for 20 local artists. Her works have been exhibited in Port Elizabeth (Cuyler Gallery, Montage Gallery, Keith John’s Gallery, NMMM Gallery, Kuhne Boekkooi Gallery), and in galleries in Kleinmond, Strand, Swellendam and Nieu Bethesda. Her first solo exhibition was held in May 2005. Sonia’s work is versatile, bold, very colourful and usually very large.