Sofia Minson Artist

Artist Sofia Minson with native New Zealand bird artworks

Sofia Minson is an award winning New Zealand artist who paints finely detailed portrait, landscape and native bird works, inspired by her mixed Maori and European heritage and the land and myths of Aotearoa.

Her fine art limited edition giclee prints are personally embossed with a Sofia Minson signature and are accompanied with a signed certificate of authenticity.  Museum archival matte card and pigments have been used, ensuring lasting beauty and quality of your art investment for generations to come. Your Sofia Minson print will arrive at your door, unframed and sealed in a protective tube.

 

“Heaven and Void” by Sofia Minson

$950.00

Limited Edition of 95 Fine Art Giclee Prints
775mm high x 518mm wide
Archival pigments printed on museum quality matte card
Personally embossed with a Sofa Minson signature
Signed Certificate of Authenticity provided
Unframed print arrives sealed in a protective tube

Product Description

Sofia Minson has depicted two native New Zealand huia birds, a male and a female. Huia had twelve feathers in their tail fan, like many perching birds. To our Maori ancestors, each tail feather of the huia represented one of the twelve heavens of Io, the Supreme Being, in Maori cosmology.

The myth inspiring this artwork speaks of the Huia’s journey through the twelve heavens and back again and how he earned his white tipped tail feathers.

The Story of Manutea (White bird) and Te Manu Huia (Huia Bird)

Time had come for Taane, god of the forest and progenitor of mankind, to make his ascent to the 12 heavens to receive the baskets of knowledge. In order to deliver this most important message to Taane, Rehua who was an atua (god) residing in the heavens took from his own head a humble bird, pure white in colour, called Manutea. Rehua gave Manutea instructions to travel from Te Toi o Nga Rangi (The Summit of The Heavens) down through the 12 heavens to Papatuanuku (Earth).

When Manutea got to earth, he had to find the highest mountain on earth called Maunganui (Great Mountain).  He became lost and asked Te Whanau Puhi (The Wind Children) for directions to Maunganui. The Wind Children told Manutea, the highest mountain that you are actually looking for is Maunga Tea. So Manutea found Maungatea and it was here that Taane was summoned to receive the karere (message) from Rehua that Io Matua Kore (Io the Parentless who was always existent without beginning or end) wanted Taane to climb the heavens and retrieve the sacred wananga (baskets of knowledge).

Taane told Manutea that he officially accepted the message and would make his way to Te Puhi o Nga Rangi Tuhaha (The Summit of the Heavens). Satisfied, Manutea returned to Te Toi o Nga Rangi (First heavens) to Rehua. As a gift to Manutea, Rehua transformed his tinana (body) to black to represent Te Kore (The Void) and his journey through the 12 heavens. Rehua added more feathers to his tail to make 12 in total and left the white tips to mark the 12 heavens. Manutea was given a new name to go along with the new look – Manu Huia or the Huia Bird.

As Rehua was transforming Manutea he recited a special chant:

Ko te tangi a te manu
Hui, hui, hui hui mai
Huia i runga
Huia i raro
Huia i roto
Huia i waho
Huia te muka tangata mai Hawaiki

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Additional Information

Weight0.4 kg
Dimensions10 x 10 x 60 cm

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Sofia Minson is a portrait, landscape and native bird painter of Ngāti Porou (Māori), Swedish, English and Irish heritage. Using acrylics, oils and other mixed media, she works from her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.

Born in Auckland in 1984, Sofia spent much of her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka and China due to her father’s civil engineering work. On returning to New Zealand as a teenager, painting enabled her to reconnect with her homeland and her mixed Māori and European heritage, as well as celebrate the cultural and religious diversity that she had experienced overseas.

Since 2004 Sofia’s paintings have been exhibited and collected in the USA, Europe and throughout New Zealand. She has won three national art awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award in 2005 and is a three-time finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery’s Adam Portraiture Awards, winning People’s Choice in 2012 when the finalists’ exhibition toured to Christchurch.