Sonia Gomes was born in Caetanòolis, Brazil in 1948. She creates multi-dimensional structural sculptures using fabric, threads and objects that she found or were gifted to her. Gomes manipulates these found objects through seamstry and mechanics. By sewing and twisting these fragmented found objects together, Gomes honors the previous history and importance of the objects, symbolizing the racial and emotional issues that are a part of some Brazilians. Simultaneously, she tells her own history as an artist of African descent married with her strong indigenous cultural influences.
After starting her career at 45 years old, Gomes has quickly become an international recognized artist commanding significant influence to younger Brazilian artists. Her works are exhibited internationally including the 56th Biennale di Venezia 2015, Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paolo 2013, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg 2013 and Kunsten-Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark 2013.
She currently lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.