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“ To me...her work has a fresh air to it”-Braid,D

“From a long family line of profound artists, Sophia Gao’s innate talent, rigorous training, and personal story places her in a special category of the gifted who come by artistic integrity through a natural course.  However, what moves me about her work is not where she comes from but what she sees beyond content and style. I feel Sophia’s creativity is not engaged to self-validate, or revolutionize, but to communicate a personal message to her audience without pretension, or compromise to her art form.  To me, her work has a fresh air to it and won’t finger-point to contemporary forms of social criticism; instead, I feel she warmly uplifts and delights in optimism, joy, and the real eternal… suggesting to me that she creates because she respects life, tradition, and loves the person who experiences her art.”


David Braid

Steinway Artist Since 2015

Jazz Pianist of the Year-Canada

SOCAN Composer of the Year

Movie <BORN TO BE BLUE> Starring Ethan Hawke Composer

Multi-Juno Award winner

Canada Council for the Arts' "JazzID Award".

Sophia Gao


A+ Studio Founder and Director​

Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Graduate of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts


Part of an ancient family line of traditional and famous Chinese art masters.

Sophia Gao - A descendant of famous Qing Dynasty grandmaster - Xu Ye Fen.  Trained by her grandfather Xu Zhi-Xiong, a renowned artist. She graduated with distinction from the world-recognized Central Academy of Fine Arts, the best art university in China - and one of the best in the world! She worked for many famous magazines as an art editor. Currently she is living and working in Toronto as a full-time artist. She is represented by galleries in Toronto and Hamilton. Her work is held in numerous private collections in Canada, the USA and China. With her stylish blends of traditional and modern techniques, and with her level of beauty in her expressionism, her artwork is a very great one to have. Everything is made possible by her because she absorbs inspiration from nature - from flowers to the sea, and transforms it onto a canvas. Sophia's oil painting titled "Qi" had been chosen by the Steinway Master pianist David Braid as his latest CD/LP <Flow> cover design.


艺术家:Sophia Gao


Sophia Gao是清代著名政治文史书画大家,光绪十五年授翰林院学士——许叶棻的后代。自五岁起学习绘画及书法,以优异成绩毕业于享誉世界的中央美术学院,并取得BFA学士学位。自幼师承外祖父许枝雄、许林邨——当代书画名家,曾为老舍先生题碑。她还得到当代书画大师爱新觉罗• 启功的赏识及举荐。在考入美院之前已进入Oracle甲骨文及奥美4A广告公司带薪实习,央美大三未结束她就被聘请为高端奢侈品钟表杂志《巅峰时间》的创刊美编;工作两年之后于人民日报社任国家企业刊物的美术编辑;而后在传媒巨头公司任《宝马》、《中国银行》贵宾刊的美术设计,此公司的出版物包括ELLE、嘉人等国际高端大刊。移居多伦多后专业从事儿童美术教育工作并创办了童画视界美术教室,培养了许许多多充满创意及表现力的孩子,辅导的学生在加拿大各大绘画比赛中屡获殊荣。她现从事职业艺术家的工作,自幼艺术世家的熏陶对她日后的创作影响深远,她的绘画融合了东西方元素,运用油画、丙烯、水彩等媒介,明亮感人的色彩细腻地融入每个笔触。她的作品在加拿大多家国立美术馆及画廊展出,参与多次国际艺术盛会及团体画展,举办数次个人画展。其原创作品,以及客户定制画作深受世界各地藏家及艺术爱好者的欢迎并收藏,画作极具收藏价值。Sophia 的油画作品“Qi气”还被选做世界闻名的施坦威钢琴大师,多次Juno Award获奖者——David Braid的CD及黑胶唱片《Flow》的封面,由纽约施坦威唱片公司出品并于全世界发行。加拿大新时代电台, 著名的女仕界公众平台及FM105.9的《多城故事》都对Sophia进行过专访。

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