Rome, b.1950

John Sonsini

Recent solo exhibitions include Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “A Day’s Labor: Portraits by John Sonsini,” Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; “Daywork: Portraits,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; “John Sonsini,” Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; “John Sonsini: New Paintings,” Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; “John Sonsini: Paintings,” Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; “John Sonsini: New Paintings,” Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; “Los Vaqueros,” James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM; “John Sonsini: Men,” Hamilton College, Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY; “Broad Reminders: The Paintings of John Sonsini,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA; “Portraits from Los Angeles,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT; “John Sonsini: Paintings and Drawings,” Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA; “John Sonsini,” Cheim &...

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Recent solo exhibitions include Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “A Day’s Labor: Portraits by John Sonsini,” Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; “Daywork: Portraits,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; “John Sonsini,” Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; “John Sonsini: New Paintings,” Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; “John Sonsini: Paintings,” Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; “John Sonsini: New Paintings,” Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; “Los Vaqueros,” James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM; “John Sonsini: Men,” Hamilton College, Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY; “Broad Reminders: The Paintings of John Sonsini,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA; “Portraits from Los Angeles,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT; “John Sonsini: Paintings and Drawings,” Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA; “John Sonsini,” Cheim & Read, New York, NY; “John Sonsini,” Anthony Grant Gallery, New York, NY; and “Cerca Series: John Sonsini,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA.

Recent group exhibitions include “Collecting on the Edge,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT; “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Modern and Contemporary,” Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers,” National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; “¡Cuidado! - The Help,” Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; “Us is Them,” Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; “Concrete Infinity, Selections from the Permanent Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; “Who we are, Selections from the Collection of Karen & Robert Duncan,” Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum, Clarinda, IA; “The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects,” Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; “Art of the West,” Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles, CA; “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; “Mr & Mrs,” James Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY; “Body Language,” Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA; “All I Want is a Picture,” Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; “SFMOMA: Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from The Permanent Collection,” SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; “Works of Paper,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA; “Mise-en-Scène,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; “Personal Identities: Contemporary Portraits,” University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA; “Private Display,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; and “Disquieted,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

His work may be found in the public collections of the AD&A Museum University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA; Philips Academy, Andover, MA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Bronx Musuem of the Arts, New York, NY; Cornell University, Permanent Collection, Ithaca, NY; The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA; The Frances Young Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

John Sonsini lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Queretaro, Mexico

Artworks

7

Antonio, Carlos and Francisco, 2019

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Balanced Composition / Bright Colors / Canvas / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Family and Friend / Figurative Painting / Group Portrait / Human Figure / Los Angeles / Lyrical Expression / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Portrait of a Man / Portrait Painting / Smooth and Flat Surface / Still Life / Surrounding Environment / United States / Workers

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1975

    BA, California State University, Northridge, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

  • “A Day’s Labor: Portraits by John Sonsini,” Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

  • 2018

    “Daywork: Portraits,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Collecting on the Edge,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT

  • 2018

    “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Modern and Contemporary,” Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Education

  • 1975

    BA, California State University, Northridge, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

  • “A Day’s Labor: Portraits by John Sonsini,” Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

  • 2018

    “Daywork: Portraits,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

  • 2016

    Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY

  • 2015

    “John Sonsini,” Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2013

    “John Sonsini: New Paintings,” Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2012

    “John Sonsini: Paintings,” Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • “John Sonsini: New Paintings,” Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

  • 2011

    “Los Vaqueros,” James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

  • “John Sonsini: Men,” Hamilton College, Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY

  • 2010

    “Broad Reminders: The Paintings of John Sonsini,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA

  • “Portraits from Los Angeles,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT

  • 2008

    “New Paintings,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA

  • 2007

    “John Sonsini: Paintings and Drawings,” Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA

  • “John Sonsini,” Cheim & Read, New York, NY 2006 “New Paintings,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA

  • 2005

    “John Sonsini,” Anthony Grant Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Cerca Series: John Sonsini,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

  • 2003

    “Portraits,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA 2002 ACME., Los Angeles, CA

  • “John Sonsini,” Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2000 “Gabriel,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Collecting on the Edge,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT

  • 2018

    “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Modern and Contemporary,” Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • “From the Collection of Karen & Robert Duncan,” The Assemblage, Lincoln, NE

  • 2017

    “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers,” National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

  • “¡Cuidado! - The Help,” Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • 2016

    “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

  • “Us is Them,” Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

  • 2015

    “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2014

    “The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects,” Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, Feb 2014 – May 2015

  • “Who we are, Selections from the Collection of Karen & Robert Duncan,” Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum, Clarinda, IA, Nov 2014 – April 2015

  • “Concrete Infinity, Selections from the Permanent Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Sept 2014 – Feb 2015

  • 2013

    “Art of the West,” Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles, C, June 2013 – June 2016

  • “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

  • “Mr & Mrs,” James Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY

  • 2012

    “Mr & Mrs,” James Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY

  • “Body Language,” Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA “All I Want is a Picture,” Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • “SFMOMA: Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from The Permanent Collection,” SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

  • 2011

    Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Works of Paper,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA

  • “Mise-en-Scène,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

  • 2010

    “Personal Identities: Contemporary Portraits,” University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

  • “Private Display,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY “Disquieted,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

  • “Think Pink,” Gavklak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

  • “The Human Touch,” Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

  • 2009

    “Posture,” Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

  • “With You I Want to Live,” Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • 2008

    “The Sum of Its Parts,” Cheim & Read, New York, NY “Other People,” UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2006

    “Selected Paintings - Los Angeles,” Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

  • “Twice Drawn,” Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY “Art on Paper

  • ” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

  • 2005

    “Plip, Plip, Plipity,” Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2004

    “Rogelio,” Installation painting, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, curated by JoAnne Northrup

  • “About Painting,” Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • “Singing My Song,” ACME., Los Angeles, CA

  • “SPF, Self-Portraits,” Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2003

    “ACME. @ Inman,” Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

  • “intimates,” Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • 2002

    “L.A. Post Cool,” The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

  • “nude + narrative,” P.P.O.W., New York, NY

  • “Representing L.A.,” Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

  • 2001

    “Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Projects

  • 2012

    “The Extraordinary Life & Times of Bruce of L.A., 1948-1974,” from the Collection of John Sonsini, Pacific Standard Time Gallery Exhibition, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by John Sonsini

  • 2007

    The Puerto Vallarta Project, Jalisco, Mexico

  • The Brooklyn Project, Brooklyn, NY

  • The Santa Barbara Project, Santa Barbara, CA

  • 2005

    DAYLABOR/Hollywood Work Center, Los Angeles, CA

Collections

  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Philips Academy, Andover, MA

  • ADA Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA

  • Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

  • The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

  • Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • The Frances Young Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle,WA

Publications

  • 2016

    Berry, Ian, Jeffrey Grove, Allan M. Jalon, John Sonsini, exhibition catalogue, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY

  • 2010

    Wood, Eve, John Sonsini, exhibition brochure, ACME., Los Angeles, CA.

  • Duncan, Michael, Portraits from Los Angeles, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

  • 2009

    Lippman, Irvin M., The Collection of Gordon Locksley & George Shea, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

  • 2008

    Dini, Jane, The Male Portraits of John Sonsini, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA.

  • 2007

    Grove, Jeffrey, John Sonsini, Cheim & Read, New York, NY.

  • 2005

    Berry, Ian, John Sonsini: New Paintings, Anthony Grant Inc., New York, NY.

  • 2001

    Leddick, David, Male Nude Now, Taschen.

  • Made in California: Art, Image, Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

  • 2000

    Fuglie, Gordon L., Representing LA, Pictorial Currents in Southern California Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA.

Bibliography

  • 2013

    Gonzalez, Daniel. “Painter John Sonsini’s Works Portray Quiet Dignity of Day Laborers.” The Republic 26 March.

  • 2012

    Zastudil, Nancy. “John Sonsini: Men at Work.” Arts+Culture Magazine Houston February.

  • “John Sonsini’s Expressionist Portraits of Latino Laborers.” Huffington Post January.

  • 2011

    Zevitas, Steven. “10 Must-See Painting Shows In The US: Summer Heat Edition.” Huffington Post July.

  • McGraw, Kate. “Intense Portraits.” Albuquerque Journal 25 June.

  • Tiche, Rachel. Arts & Entertainment, The Spectator January.

  • Paris, Candice M. Rome Observer February.

  • White, Roger. “Get Real.” Modern Painters February: 55.

  • 2010

    Rodriguez, Frank. “The Remarkable Men of John Sonsini.” Artillery Nov/Dec: 26-30.

  • Pagel, David. “Partly Visible Stories.” Los Angeles Times 2 July: D19.

  • 2009

    Rubin, Edward. “With You I Want to Live.” D’art International Fall.

  • Trelles, Emma. “Locksley-Shea Collection at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.”

  • Bradner, Liesl. “Quite a Crowd.” Los Angeles Times 4 January: F2.

  • 2008

    Pagel, David. “Day Laborers in a New Line of Work.” Los Angeles Times 9 May: E17.

  • Wood, Eve. “John Sonsini at ACME.” Artillery July/August. SELECTED PROJECTS

  • 2007

    Biel, Kim. “John Sonsini.” Art Ltd., West Coast Art & Design September

  • Woodard, Josef. “John Sonsini at Atkinson Gallery.” Santa Barbara Seasons Fall: 74-9.

  • 2006

    Wood, Eve. “John Sonsini.” artUS March-April.

  • 2005

    Duncan, Michael. “The Faces of Work.” Art in America December: 124-127.

  • Jalon, Allan. “Out of the Shadows.” Los Angeles Times 24 July: E27 & E34.

  • Pincus, Robert L. “Face Time.” San Diego Union-Tribune 31 March.

  • Johnson, Ken. “John Sonsini at Anthony Grant.” New York Times 25 March: B29.

  • 2003

    Pagel, David. “Family, friends, other ‘Intimates.” Los Angeles Times 29 August: E18-19.

  • 2002

    Goldman, Edward. “Art Talk.” KCRW 89.9 FM September.

  • Cooper, Bernard. “In the Raw.” Los Angeles Magazine December: 124-128.

  • Wood, Eve. “It’s All About the Gaze.” Artnet.

  • 2000

    Goldman, Edward. “Art Talk.” KCRW 89.9 FM July.

  • Bradley, Myrium. “The Collaborators John Sonsini and his Model, Gabriel, Make a Fine Art Pair.” art connoisseur volume #4.