Sonia Paulino was born of Dominican decent in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and a Master’s of Fine Arts from University of California, San Diego. Her photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad, and she is the recipient of various honors and awards, including 3rd place for an Outwin Boochever People’s Choice Award at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Honorable Mention for The World Wide Photography Gala Robert Cornelius Award for Portraiture.
For the time being, Ms. Paulino calls Brooklyn home, again. There, she absorbs New York City's limitless offerings of art and diverse cultural experiences; influencing, informing, and honing her own practice in documentary portrait photography.