Painting and Illustration



Aniela Sobieski grew up in the Twin Cities and received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MFA from Syracuse University. She creates small scale oil paintings of surreal, dream-like situations. These paintings operate as visual poetry, weaving together personal and archetypal symbols through a language inspired by classical painting. She currently lives in St. Paul, MN.


2015 M.F.A Syracuse University
2008 B.F.A University of Wisconsin-Madison



  • Expo Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL (September)
  • Art & Antik, Munster, Germany (February)
  • Constellations, Gristle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (January)


  • Don’t Wake Daddy XII, Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg, Germany (December)
  • Look Up to the Sky and See, FB69 Gallery, Munster, Germany (September-December)
  • Winnowers, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (June)
  • Art & Antik, Munster, Germany (February)


  • Don’t Wake Daddy XI, Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg, Germany (December)
  • Midnight, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October)
  • The Coaster Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (September)


  • Floating Intersections, Pink Zeppelin Gallery, Berlin, Germany (February-April)


  • God’s Sketchbook for Creation, Instinct Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (November – January, 2014)
  • Metamorphosis: Liminal Beings and Legendary Creatures, Gristle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (April)
  • Laluzapaluza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (March)
  • Illustrators 55: the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, The Museum of American Illustration, Manhattan, NY (January)


  • Nevermore, Modern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CA (December)
  • Vanishing Points, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (November)
  • Runaway Circus, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (August)
  • Last Beast, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA (June)
  • Formed by Nature, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN (May)
  • Art in the Hallway, La Luz de Jesus Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA (April-August)
  • Laluzapaluza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (March)
  • Salon: Strictly Local, Tech Garden Gallery, Syracuse, NY (February)


  • Movember Benefit Art Auction, Pink Hobo Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (November)
  • Modus Operandi, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany (October)
  • Seven Featuring 8×8, Coyne Gallery, Syracuse NY (October)
  • Form 1040: Mission Accomplished, Fox Tax Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May)
  • T.A.G. Collective Group Show, Tarnish & Gold Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March)


  • Goodbye Magpie, Kopplins Cafe, St. Paul, Minnesota (October)
  • Square Foot Show, Galaxie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (May)
  • Foot In the Door 4, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February-June)


  • New Works on Canvas, Espresso Royale Cafe, Madison, Wisconsin (November)
  • Employee Art Show, Pizza Luce, St. Paul, Minnesota (April)


  • The Advanced Painting Workshop Presents: The Pain and the Yearning:
    An Old Woman Experiences Pain and Yearning, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison Wisconsin (December)
  • 2008 Group B.F.A. Show, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin (October)
  • The Advanced Painting Workshop Presents: Jerk Store, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin (May)
  • 81st Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Student Union Gallery, Madison WI (April)


  • The Advanced Painting Workshop Presents: Mixed Nuts, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin (December)
  • 2007 Group B.F.A. Show, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI (October)


2017 The Day We Lost Pet, Penny Candy Books, December 2017 – Illustrator
2014 Whiskey Island Literary Magazine, Issue Sixty-Four – cover design
2011 Paper Darts Online Literary Magazine, Featured Artist – December 2011
2010 Pop Serial Literary Magazine, Spring 2010
2008 The Madison Review, Spring 2008 – cover design
2007 Vellum Literary Magazine, Winter 2007 – cover design
2006 The Daily Cardinal, staff illustrator


  • Syracuse University Creative Opportunity Grant (2012)
  • Syracuse University Tuition Scholarship (2011,2012)
  • Syracuse University Teaching Assistantship (2011,2012)
  • Brown and Kaentje Award for an Undergraduate Painter (2008)

Professional Experience

  • Teaching Assistant for Foundational Drawing, Syracuse University (2014)
  • Instructor of Introductory Painting, Syracuse University (2013)
  • Instructor of Drawing and Painting for Non-Majors, Syracuse University (2011-2014)
  • Tarnish & Gold Gallery Research Internship (2011)
  •  UW Children’s Hospital Environmental Enhancement Volunteer (2006-2007)
  •  Daily Cardinal Graphics Editorship (2005-2006)