Born and raised in Japan, Sonomi Kobayashi is a New York-based painter and printmaker who is interested in science, physics, stars, nature, and spirituality.
Most of her work is symbolic and abstract. They are based on images that she sees during her meditation and some symbolic shapes that she finds attractive in nature. Working on artwork is also a meditation for her.
She uses all kinds of mediums such as alcohol ink, oil paint, watercolor, and works with printmaking, collages, and creates large scale site-specific installation.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (NYC), Lesley Heller Workspace (NYC), Flinn Gallery (CT), 341 FSN Gallery (LA), Galerie ARTAe, (Leipzig Germany), The National Art Center (Tokyo), Galerie La (Tokyo, Japan). She also has participated in book fairs at MoMA PS1, Printed Matter Inc, Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York City. She received Will Barnet Grant in Printmaking in 2013, participated in residencies at MASS MoCA (MA), Vermont Studio Center (VT), ASL Vytlacil Campus (NY), and Cat’Art Contemporary Art Centre (France). Her work is a part of the permanent collection of Yuko Nii Foundation of Williamsburg Art and Historical Center.