Sonia Sekula (1918-1963) was born in Switzerland and moved to New York City in 1936. She studied art in New York at Sarah Lawrence College and the Art Students League where she befriended such luminaries as choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and artists such as Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock – the latter with whom she exhibited at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery in New York. Her paintings of the 1940’s and 1950’s have a vibrancy and elegance all their own. They are distinguished by calligraphic marking and collages, the latter of which she produced toward the end of her career. She has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others.