Sofia Maldonado is an artist in Brooklyn who's work has spread beyond the boroughs. Her favorite part of being an artist is the freedom of expression and dialog that can be created from it. Being an artist is not just her profession, it's who she is. She enjoys the various stages of being an artist from artist to a community art director to being a mentor. To her, art is a lifestyle that is inescapable. If she wasn't an artist, she could have been found in marine biology or shaping surfboards on an island. However, she loves her life as an artist too much to trade it.
Her first introduction to art came from her parents and their artist friends Rafael Trelles and Daniel Lind. They were the first professional artists that she met. When she got to college, she worked at Candela Gallery in San Juan. Her experience there helped shape her motivation towards becoming an artist. What's her definition of art? "It's a process such as life." She's right about this and the process must go on. You can't rush a painting just like you can't rush a sculpture. You must go through the process of putting it all together. It's the same thing with life, you have to go through the process.
Sofia's work speaks for itself. It's eccentric and loud. Each of her pieces tell a different story. How you interpret it depends on you.
How does it feel to have been involved in exhibitions?
It depends of the exhibition; some are more fun than others. I highly enjoy the museum shows on contemporary painting, as “Beyond Bling “(Ringling Museum of Art, Florida) or “On Painting” (Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Spain). Is an honor to be feature along with other great artist of your time and the interaction with the curators has been amazing.
Although, two years ago, I had my first solo exhibition at The Museo of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico and that was a growing experience, tons of paper work, coordination, construction, planning, unnamed. At the end it was a precious life step.
What would you describe as a good work of art?
Bad art is definitely bad, there’s no escape to that.
What major projects have you worked on and why did you take them on?
Most of my large scale projects have been done from ideas I have proposed or been invited too, and the gratitude that comes by interacting with a community, example: The Tropical Bowl, The Payne Skate Park, The 42nd Street Mural Project, The Real Art Ways Public Art, Skate My Patria (Cuba), and many others…
Is there a specific project that you would like to work on?
Yes, I would like to paint another skate park soon. It’s much fun and heartwarming. Plus, I get to cruise and see others shred over my work.
Where do you see your future in art?
I am looking forward to keep developing myself through the years and sharing my work with other cultures.