Sophia Dawson, born February 25, 1988, is a talented and self-motivated African American woman. She is a Brooklyn based artist who discovered her gift while painting a portrait of her father as she studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts. At that very young age of sixteen, she witnessed that her work moved and touched people from all walks of life.
Sophia soon participated in Groundswell Community Mural Project, a non-profit arts organization, as a teen volunteer. In their afterschool program she had the opportunity to direct her artistic skills towards bringing about social change through designing and creating large-scale murals. The mural projects she participated in transformed various spaces throughout the borough. Sophia took on a leadership role among her teen group and was soon asked to join Groundswell’s team of professional artists and staff where she currently works.
Sophia received her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2010. She has done group exhibitions in both New York and Los Angeles as well a solo exhibition entitled “WET PAINT” in February 2009 in New York City. Her art has been featured in the Brooklyn Museum as well as published in Say it Loud magazine. Performers such as Lil’Mama and Tisha Campbell have commissioned her. She began to curate exhibitions with two other experienced curators for the Black August Art Show at the Brecht Forum in August 2011.