Sonja Holzwarth Maneri Language of Vision
May 1, 2013
Sonja Holzwarth Maneri
Sonja was born and raised in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Both her parents were first generation German immigrants. As a High School student, she was awarded the opportunity to study with Samuel Weiner at The Museum of Modern Art. In 1956 she received a 3- year full scholarship to attend the Brooklyn Museum Art School-- studying two and three dimensional design, drawing, painting, sculpture and print-making with teachers Yonia Fain, Rubin Tem, Louis Finklestein and Louis Grebenek. She received an apprenticeship with Hans Hoffman in Provincetown, MA. In 1963, she received first prize, the Anco Award, from the Brooklyn Museum and, in 1965, Sonja produced her first solo show at St. Mark’s Evangelical Church in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, she worked as an art and occupational therapist at Creedmore Hospital in Orangeburg, NY.