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.


“Kaitiaki” (Guardian) by Sofia Minson


Limited Edition of 95 Fine Art Giclee Prints
740mm high x 552mm 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


Minson thinks of the old man with his deep wrinkles as Tāne, god of the forest and progenitor of mankind.Tāne is the son of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother). His presence is that of Kaitiaki or Guardian of the natural world. Legend has it that long ago Tāne separated his parents’ tight embrace to allow Te Ao Mārama, a world of space and light to enter, and trees and birds and every living thing including humans, to flourish.

His face came into being from the artist’s imagination, inspired by tupuna (ancestors) in C.F. Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer portraits as well as black and white 20th century photographs of Maori. There is a sense of re-creating a centuries-old romanticism and depth, which is a welcomed change in this modern, digital, face-paced world.

He wears Tā Moko Kanohi (full face tattoo) deeply carved into his skin – an indelible link to his whakapapa (genealogy) going back to Ranginui, Papatūānuku and to the instant of creation.

We humans are kaitiaki – guardians and stewards of the natural world. It’s not about ownership over land and exclusivity of these people over those people, but a realization of abundance, which breeds harmony. The kinship we have with the natural world can be expressed by managing our environment wisely. Today there is growing interest in kaitiakitanga as iwi (tribes) restore their environment and their culture.

Tane’s mother is kept close in the form of the carved taonga he holds, and his father of the skies is indicated in the tapu (sacred) white-tipped huia feather in his hair and the mist caressing the earth.

“The forest is a living thing just as I breathe and live.
Every leaf, every tree, every, insect, every bird, feels and knows this.
When I enter its domain, I know I enter the House Of Tāne.
My ancestor who created us all and each one of us.
A face of Io-of-the-Many-Faces.”
– From Māori natural lore

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Additional information

Weight0.6 kg
Dimensions60 x 10 x 10 cm

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.




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