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Patricia Sonnino takes a contemporary approach to abstraction. Various spaces with individual artistic languages inhabit her colorful layered works on wood panel. Hard edges meet and transform into soft ones, shallow spaces swerve into deep, and opaque colors collide with the luminous. The juxtapositions of these arrangements of diverse, self-contained spaces resemble a “still life” in flight.


Sonnino is living and working in San Francisco. She holds a MA and BA in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis.  Sonnino has taught design at the Boston Architectural Center and been a visiting artist at Fort Lewis College in Colorado and the University of Birmingham in the U.K. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Clearmont Wyoming, the Willapa Bay AIR, Oysterville Washington, Playa, Summer Lake, Oregon, the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont, and Penland in the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina.​


Solo & Two-Person



brush & shutter, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA



All You is Brimming, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA


Walking in the Dark, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA


Resonance, GearBox Galley Oakland CA


Flight Maps curated by Michele Foyer, MAX Occupancy at the Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer, San Francisco CA


Of Ephemeral Structures, Fort Lewis College Gallery, Durango CO


Watermarks, Garage Gallery, Berkeley CA


G. Park Gallery, St. Louis MO


Small Paintings , Herman Miller, San Francisco CA



Crocker Kingsley, Blue Line Arts, Roseville CA


Crocker Kingsley, Blue Line Arts, Roseville CA


Crocker Kingsley, Blue Line Arts, Roseville CA        
Bryant Street Gallery: Freeform, Palo Alto, CA


Pence Gallery: Slice, curated by Hearnee Pardee, Davis CA
Slate Art: Better Together, Oakland CA
The Midway SF: Metronome City, curated by Jeff Bostic, San Francisco CA



Crocker Kingsley, Blue Line Arts, Roseville CA



Slate Art in Lake Tahoe: Summer Collection Exibition at the Ritz-Carlton

Walking the Line, GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA



Studio 110 Projects: 28 Day Cycle: Investigation the Daily Practice of Making Art



Art for Aids 2016, San Francisco CA

Art XV Auction and Exhibit, Root Division, San Francisco CA

Communicative, San Francisco Art  Institute 



Drawing Discourse UNC Asheville, Asheville NC

Art XIV Auction and Exhibit, Root Division, San Francisco CA

Art for Huemanity Auction and Exhibit, Fused Space, San Francisco CA



Here, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

Art XIII Auction and Exhibit, Root Division, San Francisco CA

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA

Made in California, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea CA

Catalyst, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes CA

Inspire Artists Who Inspire You, Pro Arts, Oakland CA



Array, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

Four Artists on Paper, City of Berkeley Health, Housing, & Community Services, Berkeley CA

curated by Mel Prest & John Wilson White

Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA

Art for Aids 2013, San Francisco CA

Out of the Blue, Gallery Route One , Point Reyes CA



50-50 IV, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA

Rock, Paper, Scissors, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln NE



Mixed Media Miniatures, CK Gallery, Berkeley CA

50-50 III, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA



SOMA Open Studios San Francisco, CA

Journeys,  Art at the Cheese Factory Gallery , Petaluma, CA



SOMA Open Studios San Francisco, CA

Legacy, The Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis MO

Big Pagoda Art Gallery, San Francisco CA



Studio 1313, San Francisco CA

Paperworks, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, San Francisco CA

Big Pagoda Art Gallery, San Francisco CA



noir et blanc, The 8 Gallery, San Francisco CA

10th Annual Art for Aids Exhibit, San Francisco CA



Kodner Gallery, St. Louis MO



neworangeland atelier, San Francisco CA



SAWS Exhibit at CCA San Francisco

SF Hidden Talents, AIGA, San Francisco CA


Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto CA

GearBox Gallery, Oakland CA

Academic Positions

University of Birmingham, School of Education, Visiting Artist, 2016 

Fort Lewis College, Visiting Artist, 2015

San Francisco City College, Visiting Instructor, 2013

California College of Arts, Design Critic, 2004

Boston Architectural Center, Design Instructor, 1981

Mentor for San Francisco Art and Film, 1996 -2000


Richard Ballentine Collection

McFadden Thompson Collection

Parman Collection

Pieprz Collection

Stanford University Medical Center


Willapa Bay AIR, Oysterville WA, August 2022

UCross Foundation WY, September 2020

Penland School of Crafts NC, January 2018

Playa, Summer Lake OR, May 2015

Willapa Bay AIR, Oysterville WA, April 2014

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, February 2013


Patricia Sonnino: Selected Abstractions, 2017 - 2022

curated by DeWitt Cheng

Stanford Faculty Club/ March - August 2023


Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, catalogue 2022

Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, catalogue 2020

Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, catalogue 2019

Drawing Discourse, University of North Carolina Asheville, NC, catalogue 2015

of ephemeral structures, Fort Lewis College Durango Colorado, catalogue February 2015

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