Sonya Edney

BORN:   Carnarvon, Western Australia
LANGUAGE GROUP:  Yinkarda Wadjarri
REGION:   Yamaji Region of Western Australia

Sonya Edney is a Yingkarda Wajarri Artist her homeland is Carnarvon where she was born .

As a teenager Sonya moved to Burringurrah Community were she taught herself how to draw till her uncle showed her how to use acrylics . Sonya was introduced to painting at school and took it from there, painting on anything.

Sonya later did a Visual Arts course at TAFE and was approached to teach her skills in the local schools for NAIDOC week. Sonya then found herself doing murals,  mosaics, screen-printing and traveling to other towns to teach her art.

” I have travelled to different places in Australia to were I looked at other Indigenous Artist works and how they used different mediums to create that inspired me . I  have sold many artworks on my journey which I paint from the heart and what I have seen in life and Culture of my people. ”

Sonya has been involved in book illustrations for Irra Wangga Language Programs well as many Art exhibition and community events state wide. Sonya has won first prize in the Carnarvon Art Exhibition and has sold many Artworks around Australia and around the world.

What inspires me most is when I paint. It takes me back home to where all my inspiration first started out in the bush with my family. Living out in the bush was all about learning where you come from  and the stories you was told.



2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, AIATSIS, Canberra, ACT
2009 Hedland Art Awards, Pt Hedland WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, Curtin University, Perth, WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GUC, Geraldton, WA
2009 NAIDOC, ACDC, Geraldton WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, Geraldton
2009 OPR Good Art, QV1, Perth
2009 Harmony Week, QPT, Geraldton
2008 ‘Cossack Art Exhibition’, Roebourne
2008 ‘Connect’ QPT, Geraldton
2007 ‘Banggumayigu Walgajulgu’, Geraldton Museum
2007 ‘NAIDOC Art Exhibition’, Exmouth
2003 Second Prize, ‘Kimberley Craft Show’, Derby
2002 ‘Derby Art Exhibition’, Derby
1997 Student Art Exhib, Carnarvon TAFE
1997 First Prize, Human Rights Day Art Competition, Gascoyne Arts Council