Sonja Kobrehel

Powell River, BC




Sonja Kobrehel

After twenty years of living and working in Vancouver she moved to Powell River BC.

She follows her love of painting since she was a child. After attending a traditional school of drawing and painting she graduated from University of Novi Sad ,Academy of Fine Arts.  / former Yugoslavia

She is a multiple awarded artist. Sonja has experience working with many mediums but favours acrylics over all. Her unique style is apparent in every piece she creates; it stretches from intricate whimsical personal iconography to abstract pieces  with always recognisable brushstroke.


My work in visual arts reflects the constant changes, experience in my personal life.

I am guided by my feelings, thoughts, dreams and visions.

The sources of my inspiration are many :an appreciation ;I love to look for traces of the people who came before and clues about what they did there and why.

Journeys are an integral part of the inspirations. I am always intrigued by the human cultural elements and visual stimulation that I encounter. I find that every place and culture reveals its beauty to me in the everyday life.

I like to use symbols in my art work and creating my personal iconography. The symbols are the clues to many aspects of my life,but my paintings usually start with a color idea,than evolve into composition in which color is the primary subject.

I work in collage , various media on paper and canvas ,mixing everything possible together and bring it to others in a visual format. Much attention is given to the surface texture adding different materials,carving,scratching,gluing…creating  visual dialog.

I complete my work using drawing techniques and whatever else it takes to communicate my intended vision.

Curriculum Vitae

2022 Halde Gallery ,Widen , Switzerland  /September/

2017 Sonja Kobrehel Studio and Gallery -opening/Powell River/

2015 Waterfront Gallery, Vancouver , Canada

2015 Britannia Art Gallery ,Vancouver , Canada

2015 Halde Gallery ,Switzerland

2013  Vancouver, Canada , Firehall arts centre

2012  Vancouver,Canada, Waterfront Gallery

 2011 New York,USA, Amsterdam Whitney gallery

2010 Burnaby, Canada , Deer Lake Gallery

2010 Subotica -Szabadka , Serbia, Basch house

2010  Sechelt BC., Canada, The Doris Crowston Gallery, Between House and Home

2009  Vancouver 4th Wall gallery

2009  Vancouver, Canada,Gallery at Hycroft / The University Women’s Club of  Vancouver

2008  Widen,Switzerland,Halde Galerie

2008  Vancouver ,Canada, Monny”s Envision Gallery

2008  Vancouver(Canada) Britannia Art Gallery :Color-Texture-Whimsy

2007  Nanaimo (Canada) 223 Gallery

2007  Niederrohrdorf(Switzerland) Moos Gallery

2007  Vancouver (Canada) Waterfront Gallery,Granville Island

2007  Vancouver (Canada) Seymour Gallery

2007  Winipeg, Canada, Color,Play & Whimsy 2.

2006 Winipeg , Canada , Color Play & Whimsy

2006  Kelowna (Canada) Art Ark Gallery

2006 Vancouver (Canada) Monny’s Envision Gallery

2006  Widen (Switzerland) Halde Galerie

2005  Mercer Island/Seattle(WA.USA) “ Jesters and Hearts” Mercer Island Art Gallery

2005  Richmond (Canada B.C.)”The Waiting Present” Richmond Art Gallery

2004  Widen (Switzerland) Halde Galerie-Traumwelten

2004  New Westminster (Canada) Plaskett Gallery

2003  Vancouver (Canada)Monny’s Envision gallery-The time of magic

2003  Vancouver (Canada) 1529 Gallery -The Good Life

2002  Vancouver (Canada) Twizzle Studio

2001  Vancouver (Canada)  Monney’s Envision Gallery

1998  Szeged  (Hungary) “IH” Gallery

1997  Subotica  (Yugoslavia) “Nepker” Gallery

1996  Subotica (Yugoslavia)Likovni Susret Gallery

1993  Budapest (Hungary) “FMK” Gallery

1993  Pecs (Hungary)”Ifjusagi Haz” Gallery

1991  Novi Sad (Yugoslavia) Hol Gallery

2022  Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna , Canada

2022 Diversia-UN Calendar May 2022 An international Group EXhibition,Biafarin,Canada ,             Toronto

2021 Song-Word Art House, Westlake Village, CA,USA

2021 Halde Gallery , Widen , Switzerland

2020 Art Zurich ,Switzerland

2020  Spring Show , Halde Galerie,Widen,Switzerland

2020  Linked INNYC-Women Of The World.,New York , USA /postp./

2019 Art Studio Tour ,Powell River BC. Canada

2019  Kunst Schimmer 7, Ulm Germany

2018 Art Studio Tour , Powell River BC. Canada

2018 Suvretta house with Halde Galiery ,St Moritz Switzerland

2017 Winter Zauber-Halde Galerie , Swizerland

2017 Art Studio Tour, Powell River BC. Canada

2016  Circle Craft , Vancouver, Canada

2016  The Good Art Show, Waterfall Gallery, Vancouver

2014  Palm Art Award Competition ,Leipzig, Germany

2014  MEGA Fair with Halde Gallery Switzerland

2014  Shine a Light ,Vancouver , Canada

2013 Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver , Canada

2013 Art at the Port,Anacortes WA,USA, Juried show

2012 Winterzauber, Switzerland, Widen, Halde Galerie

2012 Eastside Culture Crawl , Vancouver , Canada

2012  Art at the Port, Anacortes WA, USA,Juried Show

2012 Art World Expo , Vancouver, Canada

2012  Serbia, Gallery of Open University, Small works , international exhibition

2012 Hungary, Nyiracsad , Mail art project

2011 Canada, Vancouver, The Cultch, The ECC Preview Exhibition:

         The Spirit of Eastside

2011 Canada, Vancouver, Eastside Culture Crawl /November/

2011 Serbia, Subotica,5.Biennial of Applied Art, Likovni Susret Gallery

2011 Canada, Vancouver , Bouquet of hope , Roundhouse

2011 Canada , Vancouver , “Doodle” Hunter Bisset Gallery

2011 Canada, Burnaby, Nordic Art & photography exhibit

2010 Canada, Vancouver,Flowers for food,Charity show ,Gachet Gallery

2010 Canada , Vancouver, Eastside Culture Crawl

2010 Germany , Hamburg, ” Please Hold the Line” Mail Art Project

2010 Canada , Invermere , Summer strokes

2010 Switzerland, Widen,Halde Galerie

2010 Canada , Delta , Art Spacific, Juried Art Show /May/

2010 Canada , Vancouver, Seymour Gallery , Start with Art

 2009 Eastside Culture Crawl , Vancouver

 2009 Home and Design Show, Vancouver

2009  Canada , Vancouver , Vancouver Art Show , Heritage Hall

2009  Canada,South Delta Artirts Guild, Oil & Water, Tsawwassen Lognghouse gallery, juried exhibit

2009  Switzerland , Moos galerie,” Potpouri “

2009  Canada , Burnaby, Nordic Art & Photography exhibit and sale

2008 Canada , Vancouver , The virtual Vancouver Art Gallery artist showcase,     Autumn Brook Gallery

2008  Canada ,Vancouver, eastside Culture Crawl

2008  Canada, Vancouver,Chapel Art Show

2008  Canada ,Vancouver , An Evening of Art , Gallery Gachet 

2008  Switzerland, Zuger Messe (Fall…)

2008 Canada , Vancouver, Seymour Gallery, Start with Art

2008  Canada (Burnaby) Nordic Art & Photography exhibit & sale

2007 Switzerland,Moos gallery , Advent Show

2007 Switzerland, SEETAL  2007 international Competition

2007 Switzerland (Widen) Halde Gallery-Spring show

2007 Delta (Canada) Art Spacific-Juried Show

2006  Switzerland (Widen)Advent show

2006 Canada, Hudson,Quebec,Galerie Harwood, WoW 2006

2006 Canada , Montreal  , Expo Art

2006  Switzerland, Brega 06 –Bremgarter Gegwerbeschau 2006

2006  Canada (White Rock) Euphorbia Rotary Art Exhibition-Juried Show

2006  Canada (Semi Salmon project) White Rock

2005  Belgium (Biron de Bouffioulx Omnisport de Chatelineau) Les Decourtenay Galleries,               Ambassadors’Artistic Competition

2005  USA(Mercer Island/Seattle) Mercer Island Art Gallery, Christmas Show

2005  Canada (Sydney) Main Street Gallery, Christmas show

2005  Switzerland(Widen) Halde Galerie-advent show

2005  Vancouver ( Canada)  Circle Craft

2005  Vancouver (Canada) Revival Gallery, Art Show

2004  White Rock(Canada) Euphorbia Rotary Art Exhibition-Juried exhibition

2004  Switzerland (Widen) Halde Galerie-advent show

2004  Switzerland (Widen)Halde galerie-Spring show

2004  Vancouver (Canada) Ayden Gallery

2004  Delta(Canada) Art Spacific – Juried exhibition

2004  Vancouver (Canada) Monny’s Envision gallery-Spring show

2003  Vancouver  (Canada) Karma gallery

2002  Vancouver (Canada) 1529 Gallery

2002  Omaha (NE,USA) Miniature V International Juried Art Exhibition-Period Gallery

2002  Great Barrington (MA,USA) “Anything goes” exhibition,Gallery 304

2002  Anacortes (WA,USA) Art at the Port-Anacortes Arts Festival-Juried Art Show

2001  Vancouver(Canada) Monney”s Envision Gallery

2000   Raciborz (Poland) 3th International Biennial,Juried exhibition

1998  Cracov (Poland)International Print Triennial,Juried exhibition

1998  Raciborz (Poland) 2nd International Biennial,Juried exhibition

1998  Barcelona (Spain) International Miniature Print Exhibition MIG-89

1997  Budapest(Hungary) Exhibition of Hungarian and Yugoslav artists

1997  Baja (Hungary) City Museum

1997  Backa Topola (Yugoslavia)City Gallery

1996  Subotica(Yugoslavia) “Likovni Susret” Gallery

1996  Senta (Yugoslavia) City Museum

1995  Subotica (Yugoslavia) Likovni Susret Gallery

1995  Vrbas (Yugoslavia) “Vitalovi Suncokreti”,Juried exhibition

1995  Sremski Karlovci (Yugoslavia)Salon of young artists,Juried exhibition

1995  Kanagawa (Japan) The 18th International independent exhibition of Prints

1995  Novi Sad  (Yugoslavia) “ULUV” Gallery,Juried exhibition

1994  Miskolc (Hungary) Library-Gallery

1993  Dunaujvaros (Hungary) Art Festival

1993  Backa Topola (Yugoslavia) “City Gallery”

1992  Budapest (Hungary) Korcsarnok,Juried exhibition

1992  Novi Sad (Yugoslavia) N.S. Cultural center

1992  Novi Sad  (Yugoslavia) Theatre Gallery

1992  Titel (Yugoslavia) City Gallery

1992  Kikinda (Yugoslavia)”Salon mladih”,Juried exhibition

1989  Subotica (Yugoslavia) Annual spring exhibition “KSU” Gallery

1989  Subotica(Yugoslavia)”KSU” Gallery

2021 Artrepreneur -honorable mention for the Open Call “Turquoise”

2014  American Art Award-Abstract /Amerart/

2009  Oil & Water ,Tsawwassen , Canada, Award for artists achievement

2007  Vancity ,award  Art specific.Dalta, BC. Canada

2005  Best Of 123 SOHO 2005 Art Show , New York,USA

2004  Honourable Mention ,Artspacific, Delta (Canada)-Juried Exhibition

2002  Best of the Show-Anacortes(WA,USA)Art at the Port Arts Festival

1996  Municipal Award ,Hungarian National Restaurant interior  design,Subotica(Yu)

1995  Award for painting at the “Vitalovi Suncokreti” exhibition,Vrbas(Yugoslavia)

1992  Annual Award of “Milivoj Nikolajevic”fund,Drawing Award ALU Novi Sad

Art workshop/art colony’:

2005/2006  Gallery in the Garden , Delta B.C. Canada

2004  Westham Island \Delta (Canada) Gallery in the Garden

1996  Backa Topola (Yugoslavia)Art colony

1995 Kecskemet (Hungary) Enamel workshop

1994,1995,1996,1999,2000 Tallya(Hungary)  East European Art colony

1994  Miskolc(Hungary) International Printmaking workshop

1992  Zobnatica(Yugoslavia) Art colony

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