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Sonomi Kobayashi
  • New York, NY
  • United States
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Installation, Painting, Sculpture
I am...
a Japanese artist, live and work in New york.
About my artwork
In my work, I strive to express the relationship between humanity, nature, earth and the universe. More personally, my work is a reflection of myself, a moment in time. It also tells me a great deal about myself and the world around me. Viewers often find a universality in my paintings, which depict shapes and symbols found in nature. The use of round and circular forms represent the cycle of life and their common occurrence in the universe.
The majority of my work is oil on unprimed canvas. By mixing the paint with poppy or stand oil and mineral spirits, I create a multitude of layers, representing metaphorical links to the past, present and future.
My work on paper is painted without layers using Japanese pigment and traditional Japanese writing ink, called Sumi, as well as pencils. By dropping and blowing the ink very carefully, I create the expressive beauty of life full of accidents and chances.
The varied colors, fine lines and organic shapes in my art reflect my sensibilities and emotions. These feelings are often uncertain and intimidated by the challenges the future may bring, but ultimately inspired and hopeful.
Artists I like
Anselm Kiefer, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin, Pierre Bonnard, Mark Rothko, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Julie Mehretu, Matthew Richie, William Scharf, Jonathan Shahn, Florine Stettheimer...
Centre of the artworld:
New York, my studio, nowhere and everywhere

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At 20:31 on November 12, 2011, ROGER WEIK said…

Thanks for writing. I like your work very much........

At 7:35 on October 15, 2010, FUKEP3 said…
Thank you Sonomi !
I am photographer live in Kagawa prefecture.
I like your paintings.
At 6:13 on September 3, 2009, Cynthia Dillenbeck said…
your work is looking great as always Sonomi!!!
At 2:32 on October 24, 2008, Sonomi Kobayashi said…
Please come to my solo exhibition next week!
I am showing over 15 new works of Oil on Canvas and Japanese pigment on Paper. Opening reception is next Tuesday, October 28th, 7 to 10pm.
I hope to see you all!

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October 28 – November 2, 2008
Opening reception: Tuesday, October 28th, 7 to 10 pm
Ouchi Gallery
170 Tillary Street, Suite 507, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Hours: Tue-Sun: 12pm-6pm

Sonomi Kobayashi was born and grew up in Japan and moved to New York in 1993. She studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1995 to 2002, painting with William Scharf, Knox Martin, Larry Poons, and sculpting with Jonathan Shahn. She now works out of her studio in L.I.C., Queens, NY and exhibits frequently in the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Recent Exhibitions include: Ex oriente lux (the Light Comes from the East) at Galerie ARTAe Leipzig, Germany; Solo at Cat’Art Contemporary Art Center, Ste Colombe, France; French-Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo (accepted for international competition); selected work at Concepto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; selected work at Limner Gallery, Chelsea, NY; group shows with AAWAA (Asian American Woman Artists Alliance) at Phoenix Gallery, SOHO, NY.

Sonomi Kobayashi's paintings and drawings first draw the viewer in with their fluidity. They seem to flow from one piece into the other as if telling a story through a stream of consciousness. After spending some time with the work, each piece becomes its own character, telling its story through texture, color, depth, and technique. Every piece I have observed evokes a different emotion, providing the viewer with truly profound experience. I see Sonomi's work as world that is familiar, yet alien and unique. Ms. Kobayashi's work inspires me, and I feel that history will prove she is one of the most important artists of her generation.

- Dominic Engel, Filmmaker
Writer, Producer, Director of the feature film Fast Horses, and music videos including All I Want by Violent Femmes, and Sean Penn, Mitchum by Louise Attaque.

Sonomi Kobayashi's use of geometrical elements rendering the idea of unsettled space and shifting marine environments, echo her concern with the nature of human race, its adaptability to change and its inherent search for survival. In the last 12 years Sonomi's work has developed both in subject matter and technique. The exploration of sculpture and installation has been beneficial to her works and is evident in her latest compositions. Her experience as an artist has been greatly enriched by her travels and her collaboration with other artists in the United States, Europe and Japan. Sonomi's works expose a professional degree of study and a serious interest from the artist in a constant process of evolution and growth.

- Martha Ruiz-Perilla, Artist and Art Historian
Principal at Zeta Studio, a New York based art consulting service

Sonomi Kobayashi's works on paper unfold like dreams, or memory--combining a subtle and masterful use of color and using the elemental shape of the circle to remind us of the organic. There is playfulness here, too---a whimsicality that queries the bridge between the natural and man-made worlds, informed by the cross-pollination of Sonomi's native Japan and her adopted New York.

- Sadia Shepard, Writer & Filmmaker
Author of The Girl From Foreign by Penguin Press, 2008
At 17:31 on September 21, 2008, Sarah Kate Wilson said…
Beautiful delicate paintings!
you can read about me here

i lived in NYC for a while and miss it so much
At 22:46 on August 18, 2008, Marta Melniczuk said…
I just love your work!!!! Marta, great Japan fan
At 13:36 on July 4, 2008, Katharyna Ulriksen said…
Thanks! I mainly use spray paints, inks and acrylics. :)
At 12:39 on July 3, 2008, Katharyna Ulriksen said…
Hi! I love your work... really enjoyed looking :)
At 19:31 on June 16, 2008, Sonomi Kobayashi said…
Hi Everyone!

We're having an open studio weekend at Crane Street Studios.
If you are in NYC, Please stop by!

On Saturday, there will be a silent auction and a wine tasting on the 2nd floor from 1pm to 6pm. Live music from 5pm to 9pm out side of the building on Davis Street side.

Open Studios
Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd
12noon to 6pm

Silent Auction on Saturday 1pm to 6pm
Live Music on Saturday 5pm to 9pm

more info, please visit

Sonomi Kobayashi
4th floor, Studio #401

Crane Street Studios
46-23 Crane Street (Across the street from P.S. 1)
Long Island City, NY

E train to 23rd St - Ely Ave.
G train to Court Sq.

B61 Bus to 21st Long Island City

*please note; there is no 7 train running between Times Sq and Queensboro Plaza on the weekend of Jun 21 – 23, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon.
more information for free shuttle bus, please visit
At 14:25 on April 30, 2008, Keila D. Sone said…
thank dear,I love your work aswell!!!


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