John Sonsini (b. 1950 Rome, NY) is a painter based in Los Angeles, who over the last 40 years has established himself as one of the foremost portrait painters of his generation. Known for his dexterous use of oil paint, Sonsini is renowned for his portraits of men painted directly from life capturing his sitter's physical and psychological presence.
John Sonsini was born in Rome, NY in 1950 and received his BA from California State University Northridge in 1975. Recent solo exhibitions include “A Day’s Labor: Portraits by John Sonsini,” Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; and “Daywork: Portraits,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT; the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D. C. and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.