Enigmatic women become one with nature in the portrait paintings of Argentinian artist Sofia Bonati. She uses a combination of graphite pencils, watercolor, and gouache to render ethereal female figures in ornately patterned environments that are full of color and delicate details.
“I enjoy capturing human emotions through figure paintings,” she tells My Modern Met. “I find it easier to express myself through this theme.” All of the young women—most of whom are based on models or the artist herself—stare unabashedly at the viewer with neutral but open expressions. Their bodies are adorned with garments that compliment the arrangement of flora and abstract shapes behind them.
“I love nature, and I'm lucky that I live in the UK where the countryside is very accessible,” Bonati continues. “I love to visit gardens and woodlands and see the season's colors.” Most of her art begins with a pencil sketch of the subject that the artist gently shades to give the face and body some dimension. Then, she uses watercolor, gouache, and sometimes colored pencils to surround the figure with a pleasing color palette—sometimes adding a swipe of pink to the lips and cheeks of the women to bring them to life.