Sonja Hooglander
Beautiful Locals

17.10.23 10.11.23

Sonja Hooglander is a Dutch artist who graduated at the art academy, and now she has her own studio in Veenhuizen where she gives individual lessons in drawing, painting and graphics. Her main disciplines are Painting, Photography and Graphics, languages that she uses to show the beauty, purity and timelessness of the female nude. At the moment, she’s working with her own exclusive model to show the emotions of the body language with a limited color palette. With these paintings, she has exhibited in Rome (Italy), Hamburg (Germany) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Sonja loves to work with the expression of the human body, a subject study that is timeless, speechless and graceful with a lot of dynamic.

During her time at ´ace, Sonja explored the emotions, dynamics and relations between the local people in public space by interacting with the (working) local people while asking herself: what is the influence of the culture and history of the city Buenos Aires? Through this premise, Sonja explored the city and observed the local people, making al lot of sketches and exploring different dynamics and interactions with local people. With a lot of sketches made on streets, she then approached the studio to work in a combination of paintings and printmaking arts, creating a series that’s a typical reflection of the daily life in Buenos Aires and the local people. Maybe a little bit abstract and sometimes more realistic, Sonja worked with colors and materials in original style-combinations to find new ways of translating her ideas and improve herself.


My art deals with subjects and themes that often reflect my emotions. It is a representation of my state of mind, of my feeling which nowadays plays a leading role in my work. As a result, the imagination is autobiographical and I am vulnerable. My disciplines are printmaking techniques, painting, drawing and photography. My latest works are about the last phase of life. About the transience, fragility and fragility of life and the transition to the infinite, death. The last sigh, the letting go and the freedom that follows. A moment of resignation and stillness, a thing of the past… How does this translate to my emotions? With this series I “travel” with the deceased, how close can you stand? Can I capture these emotions in an image? Structure versus letting go, perfection vs ignorance, robust vs fragile, mortal vs timeless…

Sonja Hooglander
1969 | The Netherlands
Lives and works in Veenhuizen, The Netherlands

2021 | Art Academy Friesland, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

2022 | EuropArtFair. Amsterdam, Netherlands
2022 | Galerie MarziArt group show. Hamburg, Germany
2022 | First Art Fair. Amsterdam, Netherlands
2021 | National Art Days. Gorinchem, Netherlands
2021 | Donna. Rome, Italy

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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