Artist and Writer

About Sophie

Photo by Lou Noble

Photo by Lou Noble


Sophie Kipner is a visual artist and writer from Topanga, California. 

Her debut novel, The Optimist, was published May 18, 2017 by Unbound in the UK and has received praise in The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Pool, and Shortlist. Her writing has appeared in Grazia magazine (UK), Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, Metazen, Amy Ephron's One for the TableFORTH Magazine and The Big Jewel. Sophie is represented by literary agent Carrie Kania at Conville & Walsh, and Luke Speed at Curtis Brown in London. 

Sophie works full-time on commissions and new works within her series of blind contour portraits, DONTLIFTUPDONTLOOKDOWN, from her studio in Venice, California. For more about the series, please click here.

She graduated from Otis School of Art and Design's Figure Drawing summer course before attending The University of Southern California for undergrad, where she received The Student of the Year Award from The Annenberg School of Journalism for her work upon graduation.

Sophie illustrated a hand-drawn animation project, Hunnamum, which was selected by the Fest Anca International Animation Festival as one of the “FILMS THAT WE LOVE.”  She also hosted Channel 101’s long- running prime-time show, Everything, which was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered