ArtMalaysia Art Tourism Fair (AATF 2014)

Sonia De La Torre Yrastorza

A graduate of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, College, Cebu, Sonia paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawing inspiration from nature and her interest in antiques. Among her favorite subjects are old houses, as well the seemingly insignificant little things which nevertheless speak most of the way people live their lives. Although the choice of subject may at times be a purely sensory expression of a transitory feeling, the creative process for her begins, for the most part, with the written word, read and reflected upon, which when taken as a truth, then finds its way into a canvas. She believes in the tremendous power of the visual medium, hence a deliberate choice to paint that which is positive. Her works have been exhibited in Cebu, Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, New York, Paris and Kuala Lumpur and Kluang.

Sonia is a former president of Cebu Artists Incorporated. She is also instrumental in sustaining and nurturing the atmosphere of camaraderie in the group and actively participates in its activities. Other than working for CAI, she has also been involved in organizing art competitions and art exhibitions that involved not only artists from her hometown of Cebu but also from Manila, Bacolod, CDO and other Philippine islands.