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HRH Princess Sophie of Romania – Sophie de Roumanie

HRH Princess Sophie of Romania

 

Biography


The fourth daughter of King Michael of Romania and Queen Anne (of Bourbon-Parma), HRH The Princess Sophie of Romania is an internationally known artist and photographer. She continues the tradition of her author and artist great-grandmother, Queen Marie of Romania, and she inherited her love of photography from her father.

She recalls that he took a camera wherever he went on his travels, and that he had developed his own, beautiful, black and white photographs of the Carpathian Mountains, shot before the Communist takeover in 1947. From a very young age, Princess Sophie had her own and she vowed to become as sensitive a photographer as he.

Princess Sophie’s first exhibitions were in the late 1970s, in St. Tropez and Monte Carlo.

After two and a half years’ study of Fine Arts and Photography in the United States, at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, she spent months in total isolation in Maine’s Acadia National Park, preparing a series of paintings of the rocky North Atlantic seacoast in acrylic on wood. These she exhibited on both American coasts, including Nantucket, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. She also exhibited in Nassau, Bahamas.

After extensive travel in the United States, she again picked up the thread of her studies at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. She intended to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and earn a Master’s in Photography.

However, the fall of Communism in Romania in December 1989, changed her life dramatically. She joined her father to support his and her family’s work in assisting the Romanian people in their struggle to recover their identity after decades of tyranny.

As vice president of the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, she traveled throughout Romania for the Foundation’s philanthropic work, distributing relief at first, then identifying potential projects. Princess Sophie then traveled to the four corners of the United States and to Canada to raise funds.

The proceeds of Princess Sophie’s first book, a collection of children's stories published in Bucharest in 1995, benefited the Foundation’s work for sick and disadvantaged children.

She picked up her camera again in 2000. Her first trip to Brittany, France, amazed her with its photographic possibilities. This area, on the European side of the North Atlantic, became her photographic playground. By 2007, Princess Sophie and her daughter were living there permanently.

The guidance of mentor Terence O’Donnell, a British artist and retired professional photographer specialized in war reportage settled in France, encouraged her to make photography her profession. She has since won recognition internationally as a photographic artist.

Princess Sophie uses her camera as a way to express herself, as a means to translate and convey the emotions she feels from any given scene. How various slants of light interact with the ocean, the coastal cliffs and rocks, the built environment of centuries- old churches, stone buildings, lighthouses — these particularly move the artist in her, as do the lush, ancient forests in which Brittany abounds.

Her fervent defense of the natural and man-made environment has led her to become Honorary President, Ambassador, and an active member of “Phare en Cap,” which promotes and safeguards the Breton maritime heritage of the Cap Sizun, denominated a “Grand Site de France”, and the Pointe Du Millier in particular.

Princess Sophie, whose historic background is extensive, is also a member of the Center for the History of Brittany (Centre d’Histoire de Bretagne – Kreizenn Istor Breizh), which promotes the history of Brittany widely both within Brittany and beyond. She is currently contributing to its projected, searchable database of historical images of Brittany from the stone age through today.

Princess Sophie has also won several contests.

Exhibitions


– Château de Péré (Poitou- Charentes – France – 2016 – Solo exhibition)
– Karben (Germany – 2016 – Solo exhibition)
– Château de Tronjoly (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2016 – Collective exhibition)
– Mediatheque (Paule – Brittany – France – 2015 – Solo exhibition)
– Les Forges Du Cap (Pont-Croix – Brittany – France – 2015 – Collective exhibition)
– “Chez Max” (Quimper – Brittany – France – 2015 – Solo exhibition)
– La Galerie (Audierne – Brittany – France – 2015 – Collective exhibition)
– Manoir de Keranguevel (Paule – Brittany – France – 2015 – Solo exhibition)
– “Chez Arzel” (Pospoder – Brittany – France – 2015 – Collective exhibition)
– Château de Tronjoly (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2015 – Collective exhibition)
– “Chez Max” (Quimper – Brittany – France – 2014 – Solo exhibition)
– Mediatheque (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2014 – Solo exhibition)
– Château de Bogar (Quessoy – Brittany – France – 2013 – Solo exhibition)
– “Chez Gilles” (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2013 – Solo exhibition)
– Institut de Locarn (Locarn – Brittany – France – 2013 – Solo exhibition)
– Office du Tourisme ( Carhaix – Brittany – France – 2013 – Solo exhibition)
– “Chez Gilles” (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2013 – Solo exhibition)
– “Chez Gilles” (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2012 – Solo exhibition)
– Château de Tronjoly (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2012 – Collective exhibition)
– Château de Tronjoly (Gourin – Brittany – France – 2011 – Collective exhibition)

 

Website: www.sophiederoumanie.com
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On the press: La princesse qu’il faut simplement appeler ” Madame “