Sonal Raje started her career as a professional artist in India, and is now based in Guelph, Canada. She has formal art training in applied art. After a successful career as a Graphic designer, she is now focusing on her painting which has always been a passion.
With a new perspective, she continues to be actively involved in the local art associations, as well as participating in global ventures that promote the Arts.
She works in the Acrylic medium and has continued to explore new techniques to enhance her art.
Her work has been exhibited in Art shows in Canada, Europe and India.
In my artistic practice, I create works of art that express emotions through the use of color, form and texture. I use abstract, non-objective forms to depict the complex mood of a moment, striving to find a sense of harmony in the complexities.
I work with contrasting elements which are manipulated through composition and layering to resolve into harmony and balance.
At times I use intuitive processes to create unpredictable results which often lead to acceptance and rejoical of the unexpected.
I use Acrylic paints on canvas and paper, and various tools to add the textures in my paintings.
My mandate is to create paintings that inspire a dialogue with the viewer, and create a space or moment for reflection. It is this reflection that often guides our way through life.
I draw inspiration from nature and life experiences to find parallels of this vision.
September 2012: Solo show: Sarasvati online gallery- "Selene" room
August 2012: Group show- ANK cultural center, Pecs, Hungary- Liber-Arte/Art Indulge foundation
"The Art Within"- Juried Group show, Royal city church, Guelph
"Art in the Gardens"- Kitchener Horticulture Society, Rockway Gardens, Kitchener
Featured Artist at Guelph Horticulture Society Garden tour
June 2012: Painting on the Green- Juried Group Show, Guelph Creative Arts association
March 2012: Group show-Art Indulge foundation. 'INTRIGUED BY INDIA, THE ZEPHYRS OF GOA'. Collaborative art event with Hungarian association in India- Goa, Mumbai, Delhi
Sept-Oct 2011: Group show-Art Indulge foundation. “GODAVARI, SAHYADI AND ART FROM HUNGARY” Collaborative art event with Hungarian association in India- Nashik, Mumbai, Delhi
2010 and 2011- Group show- Painting on the Green- Guelph Creative Arts Association.
April 2010: Group exhibit “Made for you” Spring art show- Guelph creative arts association
October 2012: Group show at the Indian Embassy Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary
November 2012: Group show-Expressions. Guelph Creative Arts Association, at the Guelph Civic Museum