About Sonja Kuhfahl


German-born artist Sonja Kuhfahl began her art career studying fashion in Europe, and after raising a family in the USA, has been exploring painting and collage for more than 35 years. Building upon her free and loose style in watercolor, which she developed with Nicholas Reale, Sonja was inspired to explore acrylics as a member of Edward Betts’ master class workshop in Maine in the 1980s. She continued her studies with other nationally recognized artists.

Having traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, Sonja’s inspiration comes from memories of places she has seen, walked, and experienced, as well as from her imagination. Her personal style evolved over many years as she worked and experimented in her studio. Sonja’s mixed media paintings are executed with elegant refinement. Building layer upon layer, color upon color, she manipulates surfaces through various means, thereby creating texture and mystery. The interplay of transparent and opaque passages, glazes, and impasto yield a body of complex surfaces and texture to create luminosity in her paintings.

Sonja Kuhfahl’s work has appeared in more than 120 juried and invitational exhibitions and 18 one-person shows. She has garnered more than 50 awards in addition to those listed below, and is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society, Lorillard Wolf Art Club, and the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. She maintains a studio in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

Sonja’s collages are included in the book Collage in ALL Dimensions by Gretchen Bierbaum & Petrina Gardner (2005), which features the top collage artists in the United States. Her collages were also used on the movie set of Night Walk starring Lesley-Ann Down and Robert Urich (1989).

Major Awards

Grumbacher Gold Medallion, National Arts Club, NYC
Grumbacher Gold Medallion, Center for Fine Arts, Kirkland, OH
Grumbacher Silver Medallion, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
Palermo Award, National Arts Club, NYC
Salmagundi Club Award, Salmagundi Club, NYC
House of Heydenryk Award, National Arts Club, NYC
Warga Award, Trenton City Museum, NJ
Sim Award, Washington Convention Center, Seattle, WA

Collections

Malcolm Forbes Collection
Johnson & Johnson
Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation
Warner Lambert Corporation
Chubb Insurance Corporation
AT&T
Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ
Hunterdon Cancer Center, NJ
Private Collections in the United States and Europe

Juried Exhibitions

2006

National Society of Painters in
Casein and Acrylic, Banana Factory, PA

2005

Studio Tour, Arts Council of the Morris Area
Griffin Gallery, NJ
Sheraton Hotel, Edison Art Society, NJ

2004

Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ
St. Marks Festival, NJ
St. John on the Mountain, NJ

2003

National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, NY
Edison Arts Society, Sheraton Hotel, NJ
Audubon Show, Salmagundi Club, New York
Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York
Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ

2002

National Collage Society, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York
Melrose Gallery, NJ
Mountain Art Show, NJ
Center of Contemporary Art, NJ
Edison Art Society, Sheraton Hotel, NJ

2001

National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, NY
NCJW Focus on Art
St. Mark’s Festival, NJ
Louisa Melrose Gallery, NJ
Center of Contemporary Art, NJ
Cathedral Arts Festival, NJ

2000

National Collage Society, Center for the Fine Arts, Kirkland, Ohio
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Salmagundi Club, New York
National Collage Society, Burlington, Vermont
1860 House, The Montgomery Cultural Center, NJ

1999

NJ. Center for Visual Arts
Warren County Community College
NJWS, Nabisco Gallery
Cleopatra Steps Out Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York
Center of Contemporary Art, NJ

1998

National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Salmagundi Club, NY
Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York

1997

National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Salmagundi Club, NY
Hunterdon Art Center, NJ

1996

Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, NY
St. Mark’s Festival, NJ

1995

Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ
St. Mark`s Art Festival, NJ

1994

Chathrine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, NY

1993

St. John on the Mountain Show, NJ

1992

ST. Mark’s Festival, NJ
Richmond Fellowship Art Show, Morristown, NJ
St. John on the Mountain Art Show, NJ

1991

Arts Council of the Essex Area Art Exhibition, Cali Associates
St.Mark`s Art Festival, NJ
Somerset Art Assoc., NJ
Berlex Show, NJ

1990

Center Of Contemporary Art, NJ
St. Mark’s Show, NJ
National Collage Society, Seatle, Convention Center, WA
Audubon Artist Salmagundi Club, New York
Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ

1989

Art Works, Trenton, NJ
St.Mark`s Festival, Mendham, NJ
Macculloch Hall, Morristown, NJ
An American Palette, Prudential Atrium
Artists Showcase `89, Madison, NJ
Lamington Church Festival, NJ
Center of Cotemporary Art, NJ
Jane Law Gallery, Surf City, NJ
American Artists Professional League, Nabisco Gallery, NJ
The Richmond Fellowship, Madison, NJ
St.John on the Mountain Show, NJ
Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York
Richmond Fellowship Show, NJ

1988

National Collage Society, Hiram College Gallery, Ohio
Center of Contemporary Art, NJ
Lamington Church Art Show, NJ
“ Art at Sunset”, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, NJ
“An American Palette”, Prudential Atrium, NJ

1987

St.Mark`s Festival, Mendham, NJ
Lamington Church Festival, NJ
Center of Contemporary Art, NJ
“Art of Excellence”, Brandeis University
Artist’s League of NJ, Brunswick
Macculloch Hall, Morristown, NJ
Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York
St. John on the Mountain Art Show, NJ

1986

Audubon Artists, National Arts Club, New York
National Collage Society, Hiram College, Kennedy Galleries, Ohio
Salmagundi Club, New York
Trenton City Museum, NJ
St.John on the Mountain Show, NJ
“ The Bridge Show”, Caldwell, NJ

1985

Salmagundi Club, New York
National Collage Society, Bernard Gallery, Aurora, Ohio
Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ
Garden State W.C.S., Princeton, NJ
Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club, New York
Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York

1984

National Council of Jewish Woman, NJ
Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club
Salmagundi Club, New York
Garden State W.C.S., Princeton, NJ

1983

Lorillard Wolf Art, New York
Salmagundi Club, New York
Knickerbockers Artists, National Arts Club, New York
Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club, New York
New Jersey W.C. Society, Nabisco Gallery
Princeton Art Assoc. , McCarter Theatre

1982

New Jersey W.C.S., Nabisco Gallery
Garden State W.C.S.Princeton

1981

Princeton Art Assoc.,McCarter Theatre
Painter & Sculptors of NJ, Bergen Museum
Hudson Valley Artists, NJ
New Jersey W.C.Society, Monmouth Museum
Garden State W.C. Society, Princeton
Audubon Show, National Arts Club, New York
Salmagundi Wolf Art Club, New York
New Jersey W.C.Society, Morris Museum
Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, National Arts Club, New York

1980

Lorillard Wolf Art Club, National Arts Club, New York
Art `80, Raritan Valley College

1978

New Jersey Hudson Artists
National Miniature Art Exhibition, Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ

1977

State Art Exhibition, Center of Contemporary Art, NJ