Sonja Sekula

Sonia Sekula (18 April 1918 – 25 April 1963) (also known as Sonja Sekula) was a Swiss-born artist linked with the abstract expressionist movement.

She was born in Lucerne on 8 April 1918 to a Swiss mother, Berta Huguenin (1896–1980), and a Hungarian father, Béla Sekula (1881–1966), a philatelist.

She lived in America from 1936 to 1955.

She attended Sarah Lawrence College.

She met the surrealists in exile in New York during 1942.[1]

On 25 April 1963 because of her sexual orientation she hanged herself in her studio in Zurich.[2][3]

She is buried in St.Moritz as she had requested in a letter to her mother.[1]


  • 1943 - Group show 31 Women Artists, Art of this Century Gallery, New York
  • 1948 - Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
  • 1957 - Galerie Palette, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1996 - Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (1 June - 11 August)
  • 1996 - Sonja Sekula (1918–1963): A Retrospective, Swiss Institute, New York, USA (12 September - 26 October) [2]


  • Womb - poem and drawing - VVV, March 1943
  • Who was Sonia Sekula?, Art in America, October 1971 [4]
  • A Golden Girl Escaping Into Infinity, New York Times, 20 September 1996[2]
  • Dunkelschwestern - Annemarie von Matt und Sonja Sekula, by Roger Perret and Roman Kurzmeyer, 2008


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