Sonya Cuellar was born in Rosenberg, Texas in 1974. As the oldest of three children, Sonya always had an independent, creative spirit and began drawing and creating art at a very young age. Being a shy child, Sonya used art and books as an escape. As with many things in life, Sonya’s career began accidentally. While working at a local entertainment company, she noticed a painting in the office of a colleague and inquired about the painter; the colleague was the artist. That very day she went to the art supply store and bought canvas and paint. Sonya began painting on a small wooden TV tray in her 400 sq.ft. Houston Heights garage apartment eventually turning her tiny dining room into a studio. Many years later and at the urging of family and friends, Sonya decided to begin taking classes at the Glassell School of Art at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and after some time decided to pursue her dream of becoming a full time professional artist; she has now been painting for over 14 years.
Sonya is an artist with a strong commitment to her community having donated numerous pieces to local and nationwide charities including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the American Heart Association. Among others, her pieces have been exhibited in the Studio Gallery, the Jack Meier Gallery and seven of her pieces were exhibited in The Galveston Historical Foundation's reconstruction project, Green Revival, following Hurricane Ike. In 2013 six of Sonya's pieces were chosen to exhibit at Houston's City Hall in Mayor Annise Parker's conference room. In 2015 her work was selected for The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center; her work was one of 76 works chosen from 972 submissions. Sonya’s work has been placed in restaurants, private collector’s homes and in corporate collections. Most recently, three of Sonya’s pieces were selected to be shown in the Sundance Art Gallery at Sundance Theater in Downtown Houston. Sonya shows and works out of her studio at the The Silos on Sawyer, part of the Washington Avenue Arts District.