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Zehra Sonya (born in 1972, Limassol, Cyprus) is one of the brightest new generation Cypriot sculpture artists on the island. Sonya graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University in 1997. After receiving master degree, she became a member of the faculty of the Department of History Art and Archaeology at Eastern Mediterranean University.
Zehra Sonya has joined group exhibitions and open air sculpture workshops. She won the Accomplishment Award in the Competition that took place under the joint sponsorship of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Hacettepe University and Contemporary Sculpture Association in 1997.

Zehra Sonya Gallery

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Occupation

2003 - Present: Consultant and Project Coordinator, Visual Arts Archive Project, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Cyprus.
2003 - Present: President and Publications Coordinator, European-Mediterranean Arts Asscociation, Nicosia, Cyprus.
2001 - 2004: Lecturer, Department of Archeology and Art History, Eastern Mediterranean University. Famagusta. Cyprus.
1999 - 2001: Research Assistant, Department of Sculpture Faculty of Fine Arts. Hacettepe University, Ankara.


Education


2001: Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
1997: Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Government scholarship for B.A and M.A studies.
1991: Anafartalar Lycee, Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus.

Honors and Awards


Ranked first place during her studies bith in the Department and Faculty of the Ankara University/1997, "Independent Sculpture Competition" Award, Ankara/2003,
Artist of the Year Award, Turkish Bank.

Solo Exhibitions


2003: Sculpture Exhibition, Famagusta, North Cyprus.

Group Exhibitions


2006: Square Root, Grub Exhibition, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Dalgada Bulut, Grub Exhibition, Nicosia, Cyprus.
2005: Boundary Lines Residencies. Thessaloniki. Greece.
In-sights, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Island-Border, Municipalities Association Building, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Extinction of Justice, Diyarbakir, Turkey.
From Sunrise to Sunset, Mustafa Gokce Exhibition Hall, Famagusta, Cyprus.
2004: Hyperiinks-20 Cypriot Artists New Signal. Evagoras & Kathleen Lanitis Center, Limassol, Cyprus.
2nd International Hacettepe Stone Sculpture Symposium, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
"Sunrise to Sunset" Bi-coimimunal Art Workshop, Karpaz, Cyprus. Young Cypriot Women Artists, Kerava Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland.
2003: 13 Cypriot Artists, Greek and Turkish, "Amargos" Gallery, Nicosia.
Cizgi Disi, Bi-Communal Workshop Activity, Ledra Palace, Nicosia.
Support to Peace, Hilton Hotel, Nicosia.
2002: ODTU.4th Fine Arts Festival. Ankara.
Collective TRNC Women Artists Exhibition. Famagusta. North Cyprus.
2001; Yenimahalle Municipality Workshop Project of Reforming Scrap Metal into Sculpture", Ankara.
21x21 Group Sculpture Exhibition. Ankara. Turkey.
1999: Open-Air Sculpture Workshop, organized by the Millennium and Republic Arts Activities, Ankara.
Baska Ne Olan, organized by Contemporary Sculpture Association, Ankara.
Group Sculpture Exhibition, "Karaca" Art Gallery, Ankara.
1998: Kibris Iktisat Bankasi. 1st Group Sculpture Exhibition, Nicosia, North Cyprus.
1997: Famagusta Municipality Open-Air Sculpture Workshop. Famagusta, North Cyprus.
Independent Sculpture Competition, organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Contemporary Sculpture Association, Hacettepe University, Ankara.
1996: Open-Air Sculpture Workshop. Dalyan-lvlugia. Turkey.
Atakule Spring Festival Sculpture Exhibition, Ankara.

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