Sonia Hidalgo is an American citizen that was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela; it was Sonia's Mother, who first encouraged the young artist's early interest in art. With her mother's encouragement, Sonia began attending private drawing and painting classes at a very early age of 10. Later on She completed five years B.F.A in Fine Arts, minor in Education at Cecilio Acosta Catholic University in Venezuela.
She also has a well-rounded education including studying with Master Painters Abdon J. Romero, Daniel Gerhartz, Daniel Graves and Morgan Weistling beside her learning experiences studying in her travels from the greatest Museums and galleries in the world.
In a few short years, Sonia Hidalgo has rapidly built a reputation as a teacher, director and finest contemporary figurative artist. She is currently living and working in Miami, USA. Since moving here over two decades ago she has concentrated in the fine art instruction field and pursuing a career as an artist.
Her teaching and working experience includes the Art Florida Academy (former Romero Hidalgo Artists' Studios) and since March 2020 at Miami International Fine Arts MIFA as Director and Instructor of MIFA Mixed Media program.
Hidalgo's works are steeped in tradition yet possess a timeless beauty that is at the same time quite contemporary.
The artist achievers a strong feeling of naturalism by creating a harmonious set of visual relationships that accurately reflect the nature of the subjects as it relates to its environment. Hidalgo is clearly fascinated with the human’s spiritual nature. As a result, a haunting inner beauty and deep complex thoughts often characterize many of Hidalgo's pieces.
Sonia has an innate ability to endow her pictures with depth and meaning. The artist seeks to convey her ideas without the constraints of obvious narrative. Her concepts are allowed to marinade for some time in terms of both intellectual and creative thought. In fact, her working process has become significantly more demanding over time. Often, Hidalgo will do pencil and wash studies or digital compositions before committing to a more serious studio piece. She is not as interested in objective interpretation as she is in exploring the emotional potential of symbolism, mysticism and spiritual beliefs and other realms of artistic thought.
2019 Dreams of the Spirit. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables, Fl. USA.
2020 Sew America Cares Project. Mano Fine Art Project Space. Miami, Fl. USA.
2020 Bradica Biennal. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School & Ignatian Center for the Arts. Miami, Fl.USA.
2019 MIFA Gallery, Rhytmical Brushstrokes. Miami International FIne Arts. Miami, Fl. USA.
2019 CMN Resonate/A Polyphonic Project. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables, Fl.USA.
2018 Bradica 2018, The Ignatian Center for the Arts at Belen Jesuit, Miami Fl.
2017 Badges of Courage 2017 . Park Grove, Coconut Grove, Fl.
2016 Badges of Courage 2016. MANO Art Project. Bird Road Art District.
2015 Purim Masks Art Show & Auction 2015. Jewish Museum of Florida.
2015 Badges of Courage 2015. MANO Art Project. Bird Road Art District.
2013 Fancy Plates Art that Feeds Show & Auction. Fairchild Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, Fl.
2010 Morgan Weistling. Portrait painting workshop. Dana Point, California, USA.
2010 Daniel Graves. Figure painting workshop. Dana Point, California, USA.
2010 Jeremy Lipking. Portrait painting workshop. Dana Point, California, USA.
2008 Daniel Gerhartz. Portrait painting workshop, New Mexico, USA.
1985 – 1989 BFA Cecilio Acosta Catholic University. Minor in Education. Maracaibo, Venezuela.
1987 Fashion Design and Illustration. Fashion International School. Arts and Applied Arts Atelier. Maracaibo, Venezuela.
1983-1985 Rembrandt Atelier. Drawing Course. Maracaibo, Venezuela.
1977-1979 Angel Martin Atelier. Drawing and painting course. Maracaibo, Venezuela.
2020 Miami Niche Digital Magazine. (Personal article) "Sonia Hidalgo among mixed media traveling between spirituality, mysticism and naturalism" by Laura Vailati 20 August 2020
Sonia's artistic process has evolved into something that is as much a spiritual endeavor. Besides her use of traditional drawing and painting techniques, she uses the creative process of mixed media as a form of journalizing her emotional and visceral experiences...