Find out about Sonia Payes

Recent Exhibitions

This Wild Song,  Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, 2018


2018 Mandorla Art Award, Turner Galleries; New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, 2018

Winter Salon, Scott Livesey Galleries, 2018


Hillview Sculpture Biennale, Southern Highlands, NSW, 2018

Hillview Small Sculpture Exhibition, 2018


Wyndham Art Prize 2018 Exhibition, Wyndham City Arts and Culture Werribee , 30 March –  10 June, 2018


‘Landfall’ Lorne Sculpture Biennale, 12 March – 3 April, 2018

Lorne Sculpture Small Sculpture Exhibition, 17 March – 2 April 2018

Winton Wetlands Cultural and Environmental Project, Benalla, Victoria, 9 March – 6 April 2018

White Night, Melbourne, Saturday 17 February, 2018


Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, Sydney, 19 October – 5 November, 2017

Bondi Inside, Sydney, 19 October – 5 November, 2017

Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland, 8 – 17 September 2017

Terra Mysteria, Monash Gallery of Art, 12 August – 8 October, 2017

Emergence, Scott Livesey Galleries, 16 August – 9 September, 2017

Montalto Sculpture Prize, Victoria,  26 February – 28 October, 2017




Ashley Crawford, Sonia Payes, Artist Profile, April 19, 2018 

Robert Lindsay, Rapture: The art of Sonia Payes, Parallel Futures exhibition, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, 2016

Sasha Grishin, The Article, Sonia Payes – Regenerating the Future, 2017

Annemarie Kiely, Profile: Face Value, Vogue Living Magazine, May/June 2016, pp.62-66



Sonia Payes is a conceptually-based artist working with photography, multi-media, animation and sculpture, who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. A strong environmental narrative permeates Payes’ works and the cycle of re-creation is explored in her wildly dystopian landscapes. A veil of memory and awareness filters Payes’ works, her images exploring the cycle of transformation form birth to regeneration, charting humanity’s capacity to continually adjust to changes in the earth’s mutable environment.

Payes gained attention with her early portraiture, creating images that both captured and defined her subjects with her photographic essays on 60 Australian artists in UNTITLED. Portraits of Australian Artists published by Macmillan Art Publishing, introduction by Professor Ted Snell, in 2007. Since then she has exhibited in national and international galleries including: McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Melbourne; Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne; Olympia Exhibition Centre, London; Willow Studios, Los Angeles; BOMA Shipping Container Gallery, Queensland; Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Queens Wharf, Auckland; Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne; Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne; Cube 37, Melbourne; ACAF, Hong Kong; Shangahi Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, Shanghai; John Curtin Access Gallery, Perth.

In 2012 Payes underwent a two-month art residency at the studio of Shen Shaomin, in the rural area of Qiao Zi Art Commune, in rural Beijing. She won the 2014 McClelland Achievement Prize, leading to a three-month solo exhibition at McClelland Gallery, Parallel Futures in 2016. In conjunction with this exhibition, in 2017 Payes launched her artist monograph Transformations: The Art of Sonia Payes, by Ashley Crawford.

In 2017, Payes presented a solo exhibition at Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne Emergence, uniting her diverse practice in photography and sculpture, highlighted in her prominent inclusion in Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, and was a guest artist for White Night, Melbourne 2018.

Payes’ work is represented in numerous public galleries in Australia and prestigious private collections in Australia, Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland and Belgium.

Payes is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.


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