Sonia Klajnberg

Everyday events such as cooking at home, cleaning the house, gardening or sports training are transformed into grand, sometimes humorously epic scenes where the artist's cartoon-like figures fuse together with the trails and currents of energy that animate the paper.


About the Artist

Reflex Exhibition's curator İpek Yeğinsü comments on Sonia Klajnberg's work: "In life we all make choices. We sometimes regret them but have neither the courage nor the motivation to change them. And at other times we  are surprised by how radical our own rebellion can become; how loudly our essence and nature manifests itself, no more to be hidden; what we are willing to sacrifice for self-realization once we wake up from the comatose state of the routine; how a seemingly tragic failure can become the most valuable blessing; how the banality of everyday life can reveal the crucial milestones in our journey and how saying “never” is the most dangerous act of self confidence in the world. Each one of  Klajnberg’s robots has such a story. The robot calculator is flawless until one day he loses his ability to calculate, which also causes him to find his love. The robot cook decides to leave the factory he works at and travels to Italy to become a skillful pizza chef. The robot gardener falls in love with a savage flower he is supposed to exterminate. The robot watchmaker is bored of being precise and starts to tell everyone a different, more relative time. The robot juggler works at a garage and his sparetime activity ultimately becomes his career at a circus. The robot housekeeper enjoys the way the objects and traces reveal secrets to him. The robot fireman falls in love with another robot while rescuing her from a fire. The robot sportsman gives up on one of his racing trophies to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. The robot machinist finds her destiny after being fired from a hospital and losing her medical career. The robot lumberjack refuses a dance career that her family imposes on her and runs away into the forest. Finally, the robot artist believes he can change the world and starts to paint a new landscape on the existing one. Are we as courageus as Klajnberg’s robots? Does what we do simply function as our supposed-to-be destiny, or does it reflect our reason of existence? For how long can we resist our own nature? For how long can we deny our own essence? Klajnberg’s robots refuse, even though they are robots.

Her Bluegrass series are inspired by a subgenre of American country music . She is deeply influenced by the sentimental and narrative aspect of this music, expressing both joy and sadness, played by traditional instruments like the banjo, the violin, and the guitar, and accompanied by human vocals. The American countryside the listener is taken to appears to be immune to change: family bands, giant fields, cowboy’s hats and horses. She combines in her image all the available cliché of the American traditional culture and presents them in a vintage graphic approach. The artist produced this artwork in Istanbul, deeply inspired by the energy of the street musicians and the accompanying crowds on the Istiklal Avenue. The imagery and the music establish a synesthetic dialog, the one present calling the one absent into play."



Sonia Klajnberg holds a National Diploma of Fine Arts and graphic design (2007) and Diploma of Superior Technician, visual communication and multimedia (2005) from Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l'Image Angoulême, and has worked as illustrator and graphic designer in France and Germany. She has exhibited her work in «Transformers Exhibition » (Installation, dance, scenography) in Gallery Reuter, Berlin and Galeri MCRD's exhibitions in Istanbul :Reflex  and  Contemporary Istanbul 2014 .

Sonia Klajnberg talks about her work

Selected Works


The Robot Gardener

The Robot Watchmaker

The Robot Cook

Installation Views

Sonia Klajnberg at Contemporary İstanbul 2014

Sonia Klajnberg at The Quest exhibition