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,
As a teenager Sonya moved to Burringurrah Community. 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.
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