Sonia Aniceto /   Sónia Aniceto

Portugal 1976


Sonia Aniceto
Sónia Aniceto
April 20, 2017
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Sónia Aniceto is a Portuguese artist, based in Brussels, known for mixing paint and textile, thus creating amazing artworks. The decontextualized stories created by the empty swimming pools, abstract places, and the landscapes contain figurative characters that vary between the human and the puppet, making the viewer wonder in the present and the past, in the fictional and the real. Without any given direction she moves through space, reviving her memories of childhood, imagination, fantasy, and dreams with the help of complex techniques, interpretations, and compositions.

Sonia Aniceto - Série Corps textile, Sortie de secours une bruxelles
Sónia Aniceto – Série Corps textile, Sortie de secours

Sónia Aniceto’s Education

The artist was born in 1976. She studied painting and contemporary tapestry at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon. In 2000 Sónia visited Brussels and participated as an Erasmus student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Aniceto was thrilled with the artistic opportunities the city had to offer, so she decided to come back to Belgium after finishing her studies. There she worked for a while as a resident artist of the Pianofabriek Cultural Center among other places. She also pursued post-graduate seminaries at the Academy, and became a teacher of Fine Arts in 2005. Her pedagogical path is represented in her work of visual arts and scenography teacher, as well as for giving workshops for children with the international organization MUS-E.

Aniceto was thrilled with the artistic opportunities the city had to offer

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Sónia Aniceto – Série Corps textile, Sortie de secours

The Style and The Language

Although her first love is painting, the artist discovered textile as the medium that taught her to love materials, discover new techniques, and develop her own taste and style. With this combination, she is able to express the duality of her journey, through the use of two languages, with the aim to create symbiosis and a dialogue. The collision of unknown opens up perspectives and gives new ideas. Sónia’s pieces are nostalgic, original and feminine, creating emotional and affective imagery of her adventures in Belgium and Portugal.

Sónia’s pieces are nostalgic, original and feminine

Sonia Aniceto – Série Dédale, Les Curieuses (Left) / Sonia Aniceto – video cookies
Sónia Aniceto – Série Dédale, Les Curieuses (Left) / Décision (Right)


Her early works are very intimate, giving accent to memories, and family photos, today they are more focused on the question of identity. Her inspiration comes from Michael Borremans, Peter Doig, and Neo Rauch. Aniceto’s pieces are part of both private and public collections. Galleries and museums in France, Ukraine, Great Britain, and the USA regularly exhibit her artworks.

She is represented by the Galerie Martine Ehmer.

The artist lives and works in Brussels.

Featured image: Sónia Aniceto – Maquilleur 2 (detail), 2011 – Photo copyright of Galeria da Trindade
All other images courtesy of the artist and Galerie Martine Ehmer

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Art Karlsruhe, modern and contemporary art fairArt Isotope Gallery, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2017Arte de BolsoGaleria sete, Coimbra, PortugalSolo
2017MetaMoi IICenter for Theoretical Physics, Columbia University, New York, USASolo
2016Entre-TecidosGaleria da Trindade, Porto, PortugalSolo
2016Entre-TecidosGaleria da Biblioteca Municipal de Barcelos, Barcelos, PortugalSolo
2016MetaMoi ICenter for Theoretical Physics, Columbia University, New York, USASolo
2016AAF BrusselsGalerie Martine Ehme, Bruxelas, BelgiumGroup
2016Art Karlsruhe, modern and contemporary art fairArt Isotope Gallery, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2015Chic and Cheap, contemporary art eventLiege, BelgiumGroup
2015Art Karlsruhe, modern and contemporary art fairArt Isotope Gallery, GermanyGroup
2015Art Up Contemporary art fair LilleGalerie Martine Ehmer, France Group
2015Contaminations textilesGalerie Martine Ehmer, BelgiumGroup
2014FI l I, Huis HappaertAnvers, BelgiumGroup
2014DecadeGalerie Martne Ehmer, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2014(In)tensao textilGaleria da Trindade, Porto, PortugalSolo
2013Art Gent, Contemporary art fairGalerie Down to art, Gent, Belgium Group
2013ART-Spanner, CAR Contemporary Art Ruhr Essen, GermanyGroup
2013St art, Contemporary art fairStrasbourg, Galerie Martine Ehmer, France Group
2013Textiel (in)tensionGalerie Down to art - Gent, Belgium Solo
2013SLICK- contemporary art fairGalerie Martine Ehmer, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2013La nuit des femmesCentre Culturel de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2013Truc TrocBozar, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2012St'art - Contemporary art fair, Strasbourg. FranceGroup
2012Art Gent - Contemporary art fairGalerie Down to art, Gent, BelgiumGroup
2012Unusual discoveriesArt Isotope Gallery, Dortmund, GermanySolo
2012Os fios de PenelopeGaleria da Trindade, Porto, PortugalSolo
2012Contextile, Contemporary Textile Art TriennialGuimaraes, PortugalGroup
2012Trekvogels, Oiseaux voyageursCroxhapox, Gent, BelgiumGroup
2012Canvas, RTBF collectieBozar, Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2012SLICK- contemporary art fairGalerie Libre Cours, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2012Le coeur cousuGalerie Libre Cours, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2011Arte LisboaGaleria Trindade, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2011De fil en souvenirMelting art gallery, Lille, France Group
2011Texturised realityGalerie Down to art, Gent, BelgiumSolo
2011LINEART Contemporary artGalerie Down to art, Gent, BelgiumGroup
2010LINEART, Belgium Calling, Contemporary art fairGent, Belgium Group
2010Transgressions du fil 2De oude barrier Galerij, Hasselt, Belgium Group
2010Octember, Painting and installationNuth, NetherlandsGroup
2010O amor e cegoGaleria Novo Seculo, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2010Truc Troc-BozarBruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2009Transgressions du filGalerie Libre Cours, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2009St'art, Contemporary art fairStrasbourg, FranceGroup
2009Prix HamesseHotel de Ville de St. Gilles, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2009SIAC de Carla-Bayle, Contemporary art fairToulouse, FranceGroup
2009AAF Brusselsgalerie 138, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2009Truc Troc Bozar, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2008Histoires de familleGaleria Novo Seculo. Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2008Os 5 magnificosGaleria Novo Seculo, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2008Regards de femmeMaison Pelgrims, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2007MarionettisteGalerie Espace Blanche, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2007Uma ausencia preenchidaGaleria Novo Seculo, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2006Une absence tres peupleeAmbassade du Portugal a Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2005Um mapa para chegar aquiGaleria do Indeg, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2005Projet TartareTheatre de la Balsamine, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2003Archive IIGalerie Arte Konstante, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
2002ArchiveCentre culturel De Pianofabriek, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2001ArchiveTheatre de la Place des Martyrs, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2001FossilizacoesGaleria Gymnasio - Lisbonne, PortugalGroup
1999Tramas, Installation textileJardins du Palais National de Queluz, Lisbonne, PortugalGroup