Anthony Sonnenberg was born in Graham, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009, and in 2012 he received his MFA from the University of Washington at Seattle.
On a societal and personal level, Anthony critiques the cycle of denial and decadence through the lenses of his lifelong struggle with obesity, the timeless veracity of Greek myth, and the excessively ornate Baroque and Rococo aesthetics. Decadence is a by-product of attempting to cope with the fear of uncertainty. Crowns and candlesticks—things made in the moments just before a crash—are the subject of his work. Rather than casting judgments, Anthony seeks to actively engage with and bear witness to the tragic and beautiful nature of this cycle.
His making comes from seeing the writing on the wall and not knowing what to do about it. His work has been featured in solo presentations at Seattle Art Museum; Old Jail Art Center in Albany, TX; Conduit Gallery in Dallas; and Art Palace Gallery in Houston, TX.
Anthony comes to HCCC having been awarded artist residencies at Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT), Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX).
He will be with HCCC through December, 2016. To learn more about his work, please visit anthonysonnenberg.com.