Sofia Bonati's amazing ladies – in pictures

By Lauren Kelly

For the past couple of years, Sofia Bonati has been drawing intricate portraits of women against a backdrop of mazes and floral patterns. A self-taught artist from Argentina, now based in the UK, Bonati uses pencils, watercolours, inks, gouache and markers to portray “the intricacy of the female mind and women's role in society”. She is influenced by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele for their treatment of the human form, and by William Morris for his patterns. The women in the paintings are generally a composition of different pictures that inspire her. “There are definitely elements in my work that naturally relate to feminism. The portraits I draw reflect the complexity and power of women.”

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