Sonu Sultania, Visual Artist & Photographer.
Born and raised in Kolkata, India and trained in Corporate law, it wasn’t until moving to Dubai in 2012 that Sonu decided to nurture her interests in visual art and photography. She is a self-taught visual artist driven by her passion and emotions.
Her art palette is a mix of vibrant and sombre hues, which bring her subjects to life. Sonu likes experimenting with several techniques and media but oils are her favorite. She does not restrict her creativity to a single theme and paints whatever gives her the sense of being connected to her passion. Sonu would not change this aspect of her creativity as she feels it is the essence of freedom and she loves this process.
Having lived in several countries, Sonu uses travelling as a great opportunity to explore and delve into the cultural influences and origins of the art produced in those various communities, cities and countries. She also gets her inspirations from her photography and various philosophies which focus on nature, love, tolerance, worship of God, community development and personal development through self-discipline and responsibility.
Sonu has participated in several art exhibitions across the world but would like to specifically mention the one which was held at Pro Art Gallery, Dubai where one of her works was exhibited along with the great works of legendary Master artists like Picasso, Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
The artists work has also been displayed in Tashkeel, Gallery Arabesque, Atlantis Hotel, Ductac, Abu Dhabi Art Hub, ArtPlus, Mercato, Mall of Emirates, Dubai Mall, DIFC, DIAC and many other Hotels and Galleries in the UAE. Sonu has been participating in Fabriano Italy’s International Watercolour Exhibition for the last three years and in World Art Dubai for the last four years.
Sonu was recently awarded the Noon Artist Award for her photograph, Spring in Her Steps. She also won two competitions in 2018; ‘Dubai Through My Eyes’ conducted by World Art Dubai and ‘Cultural Diversity’ held at Antique Museum. Her work has also been recently featured widely in Elevision Media of Emerging Artist Award all over UAE.
Sonu feels blessed to have had the opportunity to mentor children with special needs from Rashid Centre, Dubai Autism Center and Senses. Among her private projects, she has been commissioned custom artworks for many high profile private clients all over the world. Along with being a freelance artist and illustrator, Sonu conducts private art classes for children and adults to share her passion with them.
The artist’s work have also been appreciated and featured in leading Print Media and TV Channels in the UAE, namely Gulf News, The National, Khaleej Times, The Indian Trumpet and Weekend Out (Sony TV) to name few.