Sofia Hernandez Crade

Sofi Hernandez Crade grew up in the rural town of Divide, Colorado, a place still teeming with untamed beauty where the sound of mountain lion calls and coyote howls sing louder than the rumble of passing cars. There she played amongst the aspen groves and ponderosa forest naming the trees as she went. Mesmerized by the abundance of life, she often found herself lost. It was these instances of vulnerability as a child, lost in the now not-so- familiar woods, circling her mind, grasping for something recognizable, that inspired her latest body of work, entitled "Mind Maps". Mind Maps invites you to explore these imagined worlds from the mind of a child allowing yourself to be lost in the topography and textures, colors and depth of Earth’s natural features. This profound love and fascination with nature is demonstrated by aerial views of parched, cracked desert and dense, lush forests.

She enjoys working in a variety of different mediums including sculpture, oil, watercolor, and pastel. Recently she has gravitated towards multimedia projects in resin. This mixing of materials allows her pieces to develop in unexpected ways. For Sofi, there is no better feeling than allowing oneself space to play and experiment. She strives for her work to feel fresh, playful, and alive with energy. This bold process-based approach and her emotive line quality give an added sense of movement to her works, and her courageous use of color leaves the eye yearning for more. When asked what medium is her favorite, Sofi often responds, "Whatever I have in my hands at the moment!”. She truly believes that art should be lived. “Whether it be making dinner, sculpting, painting, or sewing, we should live each day striving to bring art and beauty into this world! After all, life is what you make!”.

Sofia attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she obtained a degree in Fine Art. There she received several awards for her work, including Best Thesis for her sculpture installation. She also had the privilege of working as an advocate, teaching Art Therapy to survivors of sexual assault for three year. After a 7 month post-college sabbatical, traveling throughout Europe, she moved back to her beloved childhood home of beautiful Colorado. She worked as the Art Director at the Squash Blossom Gallery for several years, and went on to Broadmoor Galleries, where she enjoyed representing a wide range of artists and their work. Sofi is now happy to be a full-time professional artist where she enjoys living and creating art in the picturesque town of Old Colorado City. You can find her in her studio eight days a week working in various mediums and subjects!

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