John Sonsini
“Pedro,” 2014/2018

John Sonsini
“Pedro,” 2014/2018

John Sonsini
“Manuel,” 2013

John Sonsini
“Manuel,” 2013

John Sonsini
“Francisco,” 2019

John Sonsini
“Francisco,” 2019

John Sonsini
“Apt 206,” 2019

John Sonsini
“Apt 206,” 2019

1975
BA, California State University, Northridge, CA
2020
"Cowboy Stories & New Paintings," Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA
2019
"John Sonsini," Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, N Y
"A Day’s Labor: Portraits by John Sonsini," Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2018
"Daywork: Portraits," Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2016
Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY
2015
"John Sonsini," Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013
"John Sonsini: New Paintings," Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2012
"John Sonsini: Paintings," Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
"John Sonsini: New Paintings," Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
"John Sonsini: Men," Hamilton College, Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY
2011
"Los Vaqueros," James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2010
"Broad Reminders: The Paintings of John Sonsini," ACME, Los Angeles, CA
"Portraits from Los Angeles," Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2008
"New Paintings," ACME, Los Angeles, CA
2007
"John Sonsini: Paintings and Drawings," Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
"John Sonsini," Cheim & Read, New York, NY
2006
"New Paintings," ACME., Los Angeles, CA
2005
"John Sonsini," Anthony Grant Gallery, New York, NY
"Cerca Series: John Sonsini," Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2003
"Portraits," ACME, Los Angeles, CA
"John Sonsini," Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2002
ACME, Los Angeles, CA
2000
"Gabriel," ACME., Los Angeles, CA
1999
"Gabriel, New Paintings," Dan Bernier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998
"John Sonsini, New Photographs," David Aden Gallery, Venice, CA
1997
"Photographs of John Sonsini," Tom of Finland Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1995
Dan Bernier Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1982
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2019
The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement," The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C
"Collecting on the Edge," Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2018
"Belief in Giants," Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY
"Modern and Contemporary," Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
"From the Collection of Karen & Robert Duncan," The Assemblage, Lincoln, NE
2017
"The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers," National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
2016
"Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
"Us is Them," Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
2015
"The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection," Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2014
"The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects," Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
"Who we are, Selections from the Collection of Karen & Robert Duncan," Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum, Clarinda, IA
"Concrete Infinity, Selections from the Permanent Collection," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013
"Mr & Mrs," James Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY
"Art of the West," Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles, CA
"The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection," Scottsdale
Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2012
"Domestic Relations," Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Mr & Mrs," James Salomon Contemporary, New York, NY
"All I Want is a Picture," Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Body Language," Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
"SFMOMA: Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from The Permanent Collection," SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
"¡Cuidado! - The Help," Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011
"Mise-en-Scène," Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
"Works of Paper," ACME, Los Angeles, CA
Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
"Disquieted," Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
"Personal Identities: Contemporary Portraits," University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
"Private Display," New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
"Think Pink," Gavklak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
"The Human Touch," Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
2009
"Posture," Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
"With You I Want to Live," Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2008
"Other People," UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
"The Sum of Its Parts," Cheim & Read, New York, NY
2006
"Art on Paper 2006 " Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
"Selected Paintings - Los Angeles," Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
"Twice Drawn," Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2005
"Plip, Plip, Plipity," Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2004
"Singing My Song," ACME., Los Angeles, CA
"Rogelio," Installation painting, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, curated by JoAnne Northrup
"About Painting," Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
"SPF, Self-Portraits," Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003
"intimates," Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"ACME. @ Inman," Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
2002
"nude + narrative," P. P. O. W. , New York, N Y
"L.A. Post Cool," The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
"Representing L. A. ," Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2001
"Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity 1900-2000," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
"Painting: Fore and Aft," ACME., Los Angeles, CA
Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999
"Portraits from L. A. ," Robert V. Fullerton Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, C A
1998
"Photographs," David Aden Gallery, Venice, C A
"Examining Sexuality," Marc Arranaga, Los Angeles, CA
1997
"Private Reserve," Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1996
Rosamund Felson Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, curated by Michael Duncan
1994
"L. A. Nude," Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, CA
"LAX the L. A. Biennial," Otis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992
"Contemporary Figure," Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, curated by Peter Frank
1991
"L.A. Nude," Photo Impact Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1990
"Feminine/Masculine," Christopher John Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Time," Marc Richards Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Humans Being," Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986
"Issues," Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985
"Perspectives," California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
"Contemporary Monotypes," Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
"Paintings/Invitational Candidate Exhibition," American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1984
"Pastels," Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, C A
"Seventeen Self Portraits," Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
"No Finish Line," Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
"From Los Angeles," Eason Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1983 "Figure Fascination," Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Monoprints from Angeles Press," Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Four L. A. Painters," The American Gallery, Los Angeles, C A
2012
"The Extraordinary Life & Times of Bruce of L.A., 1948-1974," from the Collection of John Sonsini, Pacific Standard Time Gallery Exhibition, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by John Sonsini
2007
The Puerto Vallarta Project, Jalisco, Mexico
The Brooklyn Project, Brooklyn, NY
The Santa Barbara Project, Santa Barbara, CA
2005
DAYL ABOR/Hollywood Work Center, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Dini, Jane, The Male Portraits of John Sonsini, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA.
2007
Grove, Jeffrey, John Sonsini, Cheim & Read, New York, NY.
2005
Berry, Ian, John Sonsini: New Paintings, Anthony Grant Inc., New York, NY.
2001
Leddick, David, Male Nude Now, Taschen.
Made in California: Art, Image, Identity 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2000
Fuglie, Gordon L., Representing LA, Pictorial Currents in Southern California Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
1999
Ianco-Starrels, Josine, Portraits From L. A. , Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, CA.
1998
Lucie-Smith, Edward, Adam: The Male Figure In Art, Rizzoli. Leddick, David, The Male Nude - 100 Year History, Taschen.
2016
Berry, Ian, Jeffrey Grove, Allan M. Jalon, John Sonsini, exhibition catalogue, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY.
2010
Wood, Eve, John Sonsini, exhibition brochure, ACME., Los Angeles, CA.
Duncan, Michael, Portraits from Los Angeles, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT.
2009
Lippman, Irvin M., The Collection of Gordon Locksley & George Shea, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
2019
Cameron, Jon. "John Sonsini," Brooklyn Rail, May
2013
Gonzalez, Daniel. "Painter John Sonsini’s Works Portray Quiet Dignity of Day Laborers." The Republic, March 26
2012
Zastudil, Nancy. "John Sonsini: Men at Work." Arts+Culture Magazine Houston, February
2010
Pagel, David. "Partly Visible Stories." Los Angeles Times 2 July: D19.
2002
Goldman, Edward. " Art Talk." KCRW, September.
Wood, Eve. "It’s All About the Gaze." Artnet,
Bradley, Myrium. "The Collaborators John Sonsini and his Model, Gabriel, Make a Fine Art Pair." art connoisseur volume #4.
2000
Goldman, Edward. "Art Talk." KCRW 89.9 FM July.
1999
Pagel, David. "Every Face Tells a Story." Los Angeles Times, December.
Duncan, Michael. "L. A. Portraiture: Post Cool." Art in America October.
1996
Duncan, Michael. "John Sonsini at Dan Bernier." Art in America, March
Pagel, David. "Solitary Pleasures?" Los Angeles Times, December.
Ayers, Anne, LAX, catalogue. 1993 Rawlins, Dorrit, Nasty, catalogue.
1995
Muchnic, Suzanne. "John Sonsini." ArtNews, April
1994
Duncan, Michael. "L. A. Rising." Art in America December.
1991
Frank, Peter, Go Figure, New Portraits, catalogue.
1990
Clarke, Orville O. "John Sonsini." Southern California Home & Garden 3.
1986
Muchnic, Suzanne. "John Sonsini." Los Angeles Times October.
1985
Clarke, Orville. "John Sonsini: The Look of Los Angeles." L.A. Reader May.
Fehlau, F. "Figures and Figures." In Style March.
1984 Baitz, Jon Robin. "Latin Connection." L. A. Reader May.
Wolf, Leslie. "Seventeen Self-Portraits." LA Weekly March.
Wolf, Leslie. "No Finish Line." LA Weekly July.
1983
Wilson, William. "John Sonsini." Los Angeles Times September.
Delgado, Michael. "John Sonsini." LA Weekly September.
Knight, Christopher. "Monoprints from Angeles Press." L. A. Herald Examiner May.
1982
Tuchman, Mitch. "John Sonsini: New Paintings." LA Weekly September.
Muchnic, Suzanne. "John Sonsini." Los Angeles Times September.
Muchnic, Suzanne. "Domestic Relation." Los Angeles Times June.
Drohojowska, Hunter. "Four L.A. Painters." LA Weekly April.
2013
"John Sonsini’s Expressionist Portraits of Latino Laborers." Huffington Post January.
2011
Zevitas, Steven. "10 Must-See Painting Shows In The US: Summer Heat Edition." Huffington Post July.
McGraw, Kate. "Intense Portraits." Albuquerque Journal, June 25
White, Roger. "Get Real." Modern Painters February: 55.
2010
Rodriguez, Frank. "The Remarkable Men of John Sonsini." Artillery Nov/Dec: 26-30.
2009
Rubin, Edward. "With You I Want to Live." D’art International Fall.
Trelles, Emma. "Locksley-Shea Collection at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale."
Bradner, Liesl. "Quite a Crowd." Los Angeles Times 4 January: F2.
2008
Pagel, David. "Day Laborers in a New Line of Work." Los Angeles Times 9 May: E17.
Wood, Eve. "John Sonsini at ACME." Artillery July/August.
2007
Biel, Kim. "John Sonsini." Art Ltd., West Coast Art & Design September
Woodard, Josef. "John Sonsini at Atkinson Gallery." Santa Barbara Seasons Fall: 74-9.
2006
Wood, Eve. "John Sonsini." artUS March- April.
2005
Duncan, Michael. "The Faces of Work." Art in America December: 124-127.
Pincus, Robert L. "Face Time." San Diego Union-Tribune 31 March.
Johnson, Ken. "John Sonsini at Anthony Grant." New York Times 25 March: B29.
2003
Pagel, David. "Family, friends, other ‘Intimates." Los Angeles Times, August 29
Cooper, Bernard. "In the Raw." Los Angeles Magazine December: 124-128.
Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA
AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Addison Gallery of American Art, Philips Academy, Andover, MA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The Frances Young Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
The Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County College, Overland Park, KS
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY