Copro Gallery has two upcoming shows at their space in Santa Monica. The first is a solo show of oil paintings from Sonya Palencia, titled The Unquiet Waltz: Tales of Majesty and Demise in the Chaparral. All of these new oil paintings are inspired by Sonya's tenacious backyard in the Los Padres National Forest. In the next gallery, there will be another group show titled: a small group exhibit, which spotlights artist Hanna Jauen and Stephanie Inagaki with a small amount of other work by Lizz Lopez, Jean Bastarache, Ver Mar and AbbyBelle.
Sonya Palencia is a painter, illustrator, sculptor and woodcarver, whose work celebrates nature and the mystical with the romantic aesthetics of the old world.
As a child, Sonya began creating art and studying the nearby wilderness, historical landmarks, and the extraordinary past of her native California. She later traveled abroad to research the classical arts and traditional folklore of numerous countries. Sonya graduated from the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) with distinction in Film & Fine Art, and served 10 years in the film industry as a designer and sculptor. She and her husband (fellow artist Jeff Nentrup) have since left the city to pursue their fine art on a ranch nestled within the inspiring Californian Los Padres National Wilderness.