2021 I AM HERE – Arthouse Gallery – Sydney, NSW, Australia

2021 Sculpture By The Sea – Cottesloe, WA, Australia

2021 Mandorla Art Prize – Stala Contemporary Perth, WA, Australia



2021 6th Biennial Of Fine Art & Documentary Photography – FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona, CA, Spain



2021 notfair project space – Southside House, James St, Windsor, VIC, Australia

2021 Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida, USAFrom All Points Of The Southern Sky: Photography from Australia and Oceania

2021 Montalto Sculpture Prize, Montalto Vineyard, Red Hill, Victoria, Australia https://montalto.com.au/sculpture-prize/

2020 Sculpture In The Gardens, Mudgee, NSW, Australia – https://www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au

2020 Wyndham Art Prize, Online exhibition, Wyndham, Victoria, Australia

2020 Summer Salon, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2020 Gippsland Art Aid: Gippsland Bushfire Benefit Exhibition and Auction, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2019 NOW Contemporary Art Prize, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW, Australia (Winner)

2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, Australia (Finalist)

2019 BIG Sculpture @ VegOut St Kilda, Community Gardens St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

2019 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Scott Livesey Galleries, Carriageworks, NSW, Australia – www.sydneycontemporary.com.au/galleries-2019/scott-livesey-galleries/

2019 Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Queensland, Australia

2019 CLIP Award Exhibition, Perth Centre for Photography, WA, Australia

2019 Sculpture In The Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia

2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Victoria, Australia (Winner Courtyard Sculpture Exhibition)

2019 Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe, Perth, WA, Australia – https://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/artists-and-awards/exhibiting-artists/

2019 Sculpture Inside, Perth, WA, Australia



Sonia Payes is a conceptual 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 and portraits.

Payes has exhibited in public and private galleries and museums nationally and internationally, as well as participated in Art Fairs, most recently 2019 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, NSW.

In 2016 Payes held a major solo exhibition at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Parallel Futures, as the recipient of the MAP14 Prize for sculpture. In  2017, she exhibited a solo exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australians In PNG.  Selected group exhibitions include, Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi, NSW and Cottesloe, W.A; White Nights Melbourne, Vic; Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Victoria; L’Oreal Fashion Week, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne; Fabrik Expo, Los Angeles; London Art Fair, 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; Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne; ACAF, Hong Kong; Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, Shanghai; John Curtin Access Gallery, Perth; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia.

In 2017, Payes’ artist monograph, Transformations: The Art of Sonia Payes, by Dr. Ashley Crawford, Thames & Hudson, was launched, and in 2007, Macmillan Art Publishing launched, UNTITLED.Portraits of Australian Artists on 60 Australian artists photographed by Payes, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Payes’ work is represented in numerous public galleries Australia, and prestigious private collections in Australia, Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland, Belgium and United States of America.

Payes was the recipient of the 2019 NOW Contemporary art prize held at Shoalhaven Art Gallery, NSW.

Payes is currently exhibiting in Florida, USA, and looking forward to showing at the Photography Biennial in Barcelona 2021

Payes is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, Australia. http://www.scottliveseygalleries.com/artists.php?ar=1667

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