Five questions to Sonja Rijsbosch

Five questions to Sonja Rijsbosch

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Sonja Rijsbosch (1995) is an abstract painter based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Groningen and has a Masters in International Relations. From an early age she has always expressed herself creatively through painting, writing and innovative projects. Playing with colour, movement and texture, she brings positive energy and vibrancy to her work. How did you get into art?

I have always loved to create; from little sketches to large craft projects. I began painting more seriously in 2019. What started out as a welcome distraction during the Covid pandemic has quickly grown into a passion. Over the past few years I have explored many different styles. But it is abstract art that has captured my heart. Because it gives you the freedom to see what you feel. And the creative process is so adventurous and fun!

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

Lively, joyful and surprising.

I love working with many layers of acrylics, textures and other mediums. The result is a fusion of colour and movement that brings my paintings to life. I always hope to inspire a sense of curiosity and positive energy through my art.How do you go about developing your work?

I start with a vision of what I want my work to evoke, such as a feeling or an association with nature. Then I really just let my creativity guide me. For me, the best thing about making art is that there are no rules. There is always room for adventure and play.Who or what influences you?

There are so many sources of inspiration that influence my work. To name just one, I am always inspired by the later work of Claude Monet, who at the end of his successful career spent over 20 years painting his own pond. I think his 'Water Lilies' are a beautiful example of how you can be endlessly inspired by the beauty around you, even in your own garden.

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

At the moment I have a lot of exciting new commissions planned. And my dream for this summer; a small outdoor exhibition on a sunny day in Amsterdam. Stay tuned for the journey!Learn more about the artist: