Sonja Kalb

Biography

Sonja Kalb

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.”

Wassily Kandinsky

Short Biography

 The love of art and the need to express myself through colours and compositions have always accompanied me. Photographs, nature drawings, nude and portrait painting developed while training as a textile and design engineer have helped me develop a handwriting that is as precise artistically as it is sound on an artisanal level. Like many artists of the 20th and 21st century, I have turned from figurative painting first to collage and then to abstraction.

I reduce to the essential: shapes and the substance of colours. My means of expression are surface structures and textures, strong contrasts, at times expressive colour choices and play with colour surfaces that partly conceal, partly reveal what lies beneath. In order for the complexity and optical depth of the paintings to become perceptible, parts of the canvas remain open. To apply layers, I use paintbrushes and palette knives, oil crayons, pencil and pigments.

Travelling is my source of inspiration: I am guided by memories of a place’s colours, its nature, particular patterns of light and shadow. My artistic practice is a painted response to the disrespect of the environment and the fast pace of the increasingly digitalized world; an expression of my desire that we develop respect for the surrounding world and that we recognize the urgency of a sustainable protection of nature. The paintings’ titles refer to those sources of inspiration, subject areas and concerns. More importantly, though, my colour worlds are meant to invite viewers to go on a sensuous journey of discovery and to inspire thoughts and ideas of their own.

 Sonja Kalb, 2021

Current & Upcoming

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Beyond Landscape
Xianwei Zhu, Christoph Pöggeler, Sonja Kalb
8. März -6. April 2024

Opening: March 8, 2024 I 6pm - 8pm

Galerie Kellermann
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 12
40212 Düsseldorf
DE

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Art Show Los Angeles
February 14 - 18, 2024

LA Art Show

LA Convention Center, West Hall
1201 Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA, 90015
Arte Globale Gallery
Booth #817
USA

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Boundless Beauty

13 January – 22 January 2024

Opening on Saturday, 13 January 2024, 17:30

Due uno Due Spazio Espositivo
Via Galliera, 2, 2/B
40121 Bologna BO
IT

Works

Key Works
Polyptychs
Editions

Curriculum Vitae

Awards

2022Voices of Tomorrow Art Award
2020WAA Woman Art Award, Musa International Art Space in cooperation with UNESCO
2019Special Mention for Excellence, London Art Biennial
2018Best Abstract Artwork, Biennial Chianciano

Selected Exhibitions

202310 Jahre Galerie Kellermann, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2023Organizing Chaos, Fondazione Matalon, Milan, IT
2023Orange the World, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2023Sicily Summer Art Expo,Ragusa Cathedral Museum, Ragusa, IT
2023Inner Bloom, Monat Gallery, Madrid, SP
2023Shape of Vision, Galleria Spazio 57, Naples, IT
2023Open Art Code, Pinacoteca Comunale "Antonio Sapone", Contemporary Art Museum Gaeta, IT
2023Alles Neu,Night of the Museums 2023, State Parliament NRW Düsseldorf, DE
2022Open Art Code, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
2022Orange the World, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2022Open Art Code, Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris, FR
2022Sonja Kalb: Traumland, Ross31, Düsseldorf, DE
2022Forgotten Realities,Gallery Monat, Madrid, SP
2021We Contemporary Art Show, Raum Salmgasse, Vienna, AT
2020Winterausstellung, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2020Art of Remediation, Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoje, KR
2020Woman's Essence, Palazzo Velli, Rome, IT
2020Sommer 20 – 20 Künstler, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2020Sonja Kalb, Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, DE
2019We Contemporary Art Show, Topič Salon, Prague, CZ
2019Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2019Kunstverein Duisburg zu Gast im Kunstverein Landshut, Kunstverein Landshut, Landshut, DE
2019London Art Biennial, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK
2019Strukturen, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2018Chianciano Biennial, Gagliardi Gallery, London, UK
2018Expo Autumn, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2018Sonja Kalb, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2018Chianciano Biennial, Museo d'Arte di Chianciano, Chianciano Terme, IT
2017Sonja Kalb: Abstrakte Malerei, Museum Kaiserswerth, Düsseldorf, DE
2017Rainforest, Kunstverein Duisburg, Duisburg, DE
2016Sonja Kalb: Poesie der Farben, Galerie Kellermann im Ballhaus im Nordpark, Düsseldorf, DE
2016White Christmas, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, DE
2016Encounters – Begegnungen, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2015Abstract Dreams, Galerie Kellermann, Düsseldorf, DE
2015Sonja Kalb: Emotion, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2015Color of Life, Galería Art Cuestion, Ourense, ES
201520 Jahre Galerie Heidefeld, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2013Art for Peace for a better World, National Art Gallery of Izmir, Izmir, TR
2013Full House, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Düsseldorf, DE
2012Fulfilment, Gallery M-Mauersberger, Vienna, AT
2012Sonja Kalb: Abstraktionen, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2011Woman Art, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2010Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
2010Untitled, Galerie Anne Malchers, Bergisch Gladbach, DE
2009Sonja Kalb, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE

Selected Fairs

2023Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
2023Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City, USA
2022art3f. Salon international d'art contemporain, Brussels Expo, Brussels, BE
2022International Art Fair Innsbruck, Olympiahalle Innsbruck, AT
2021art3f. Salon international d'art contemporain, Brussels Expo, Brussels, BE
2018art KARLSRUHE, Messe Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten, DE
2017Montreux Art Gallery, Montreux Music & Convention Centre, Montreux, FR
201525. Kunstmesse, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, DE
20141st International Contemporary Art Fair Iran, Qasr Garden Museum, Tehran, IR
201323. Kunstmesse, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, DE
2012Affordable Art Fair, La Pelanda, Rome, IT
2012Art Beijing, Fangheng International Center, Beijing, CN
2011Lineart 30, Flanders Expo, Ghent, BE

Selected Publications

  • Sonja Kalb, edited by Matthias Kellermann, Galerie Kellermann, 2022
  • Interview with Sonja Kalb, edited by Marta Puig, Contemporary Art Curator, 2022
  • We Contemporary, edited by Musa International Art Space, Serradifalco Editore, 2021
  • John Austin, Unconstrained Paintings by Sonja Kalb, in Artery, 19 November 2020
  • Paul Zimmerman, Spotlight: Sonja Kalb, in Artery, 23 September 2020
  • Premio Combat 2020 Prize, edited by Paolo Batoni, Sillabe, 2020
  • Woman’s Essence UNESCO Edition, edited by Musa International Art Space, Serradifalco Editore, 2020
  • Premio Combat 2019 Prize, edited by Paolo Batoni, Sillabe, 2019
  • Sonja Kalb, edited by Matthias Kellermann, Galerie Kellermann, 2019
  • Timothy Warrington, Sonja Kalb. Critical Analysis, International Confederation Art Critics, 2019
  • We Contemporary, edited by Musa International Art Space, Serradifalco Editore, 2019
  • Sonja Kalb. Emotion, edited by Egon Heidefeld, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, 2015
  • International Contemporary Artists Volume V, edited by Olga Antoniadou, ICA Publishing, 2012
  • Sonja Kalb. Abstraktionen, edited by Egon Heidefeld, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, 2012
  • International Contemporary Artists Volume IV, edited by Olga Antoniadou, ICA Publishing, 2012
  • Sonja Kalb, edited by Egon Heidefeld, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, 2009

Selected Collections

  • Yukyung Art Museum, Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoje, KR
  • Art Collection, Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, DE