About me

Sonya Radan was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After earning her MA diploma in fine art, she exhibited across former Yugoslavia and Europe.

In 1991 she and her family escaped the war in the Balkans, where she lost her country, along with all her paintings, and her career as an artist and art teacher that she established in Sarajevo.

She never stopped painting and believing in her art. and settled in London, where she has continued exhibiting and exploring different art mediums such as painting on, wood textile and glass, as well as woodcarving, drawing and collage.

Sonya is the member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Art Society and continues to paint and exhibit in the UK and in galleries and museums in many of the major cities in former Yugoslavia. 

She has also worked as an art therapist in the UK and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Video: 'I never stop painting...'

Solo exhibitions

2020: Worldly Wicked & Wise Gallery, London, UK.                                                                      

2019: Gallery Novi Hram, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H)

2018: Kristina K, private, Zagreb, Croatia

2017: Museum of the City of Hvar – Zvjezda Mora, Croatia.               

2017: Kranjcar Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.                                                              

2015: Vetrinjski Dvor, Maribor, Slovenia; Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Great Britain, London, UK.           

2014: Atrijum Gallery, Beograd, Serbia; Culture center, Novi Sad, Serbia; Art gallery, Brčko, B&H; An International Portrait Gallery, Tuzla, B&H;Gallery of Contemporary Art -Java, Sarajevo, B&H; Nationwide Open University, Zagreb, Croatia

2013: Gallery Montenegrina, Zagreb, Croatia                                                      

2012: Bejahad (Bet Israel), Pula, Croatia; New Temple Gallery, Sarajevo, B&H           

2011: Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Great Britain, London, UK.                    Dea Orh Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2006: Salon Gallery, London, UK.                     

2003: Heifer Gallery, London, UK.                                                           

2002: Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK.                               

2001: Mark Jason Gallery, London, UK.                                                                      

2000: Terra Gallery, London, UK.                                                                      

1995: Sternberg Centre for Judaism, London, UK.                                                                      

1994: Tavistock Institute, London; Berkeley Gallery, Thomastown, Kilkenny County; Ireland

1993: Articles Gallery, London; Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, UK.                                                                      

1991: Energoinvest Gallery, Sarajevo; Novi Hram Gallery, Sarajevo, B&H.

1990: Libertas Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

1989: Revelin Gallery, Korčula, Croatia.

1988: Jewish museum of Bosnia and Hercegovina; Solo show in Mannheim; Heidelberg; Frankfurt, Germany

1987: CDA Culture center, Sarajevo; Bell Gallery, Sarajevo, B&H.

1986: Jewish museum of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Sarajevo, B&H

Group exhibitions

 2018: START in Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. Recollection of Wood.   

2018: The Reveal Exhibition, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H).  

2017: Contemporary Art Gallery Roman Petrovic, Sarajevo, B&H.                                                                                  

2017: The Reveal Exhibition, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, B&H.    

2017: Contemporary Art Gallery Java, Sarajevo. 

2016: International Contemporary Art Fair, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, B&H.

2015: International Contemporary Art Fair, London; Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, B&H

2014: Chelsea Old Town Hall, London; Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, B&H.

2013: City Gallery Rovinj, Croatia

2012: Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Great Britain, London, UK.

2011: Dea Orh Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2010: Art St Cyprian’s Church, London; Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, London; Salon des Arts, London; Landmark Art Fairs, Cambridge; Midsummer Art Fair, London; Russian Art Fair, London; The Dissenters’ Gallery, London, UK.

2009: Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Great Britain, London,

Portobello Bridge Gallery, London, UK.

2008: Italian Cultural Institute, London, UK, representing Bosnia at the Mediterraneo (A Sea that Unites) exhibition.

2007: Russian Art Fair, Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair, London, UK.

2006: Pro Art Exhibition, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK.

2004: Religion, Art & War, Salon des Art, London, UK.

2000: Willesden Art Gallery, London, UK.

1999: Priory Art Gallery, London, UK.

1996: The Octagon Gallery, London, UK.

1995: Sternberg Centre for Judaism, London; Illaca Gallery, Brighton, UK.

1994: Salama Caro Gallery, London; Crypt Exhibition, St Martin’s-in-the-Field, London, UK.

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland

1993: Art Club, London; Ben Uri Art Society, Central London, UK.