You may not immediately recognize the name Sonia Falcone. However, you may remember photos of Barbara Coppel´s Ascott-style baby shower in England. Or of Barbara´s mystical Arabian Nights motif bachelorette party with Alejandro Hank Amaya in Cabo San Lucas. Well, both of these soirees have one host in common and she is, effectively, the exquisite plastic artist and socialite Sonia Falcone. After being the artifice of the trip where Barbara Coppel met her beloved Alejandro and was struck by Cupid´s arrow, Sonia Falcone became in Paris the Godmother of Amaïa, her first born child.
This gorgeous woman, born in Bolivia and citizen of the world, is used to rubbing elbows with the crème de la crème of the highest social circles: Paris, London, Monaco, Venice… Europe is used to seeing her in the continent´s most exclusive parties and the most privileged atmospheres, breaking bread with kings and princes, movie stars and world leaders. But maybe what best defines this beautiful woman of mysterious air is her contemporary art, which has been exhibited in artistic venues as important as the Venice Biennale. Today we find ourselves in Mexico, at her favorite spot in Cabo San Lucas, where she abandons her magnificent dresses and impressive jewelry collection and allows her hair be disheveled by the winds of the Sea of Cortes while she shares with us her life story.
Next to an abandoned lighthouse in the paradisiacal Quivira golf course in Pueblo Bonito, the two of us sat down facing the salty giant, her greatest inspiration. There she grants us this interview and opens the doors to her heart like never before.
– Sonia, even though you were born in Bolivia and are a citizen of the world, you live in the Mexican State of Baja California Sur… What is it that you like the most of living here?
– When I arrived to Los Cabos a few years back, I was undergoing a deep crisis in my life; a crisis that gave rise to all my fears, including the fear of the depths of the ocean. It was here that I fell in love again with the sea and with life. In the Sea of Cortes one finds peace, even in the midst of a storm.
– You are a renowned plastic artist and have presented your work at the Venice Biennales. What does the word art mean for you?
– We live our lives so overwhelmed by the daily burdens that we forget to thank God for being alive, in a communion that is only possible when one is in touch with nature. For me art is a bond with the divine. It allows us to remember our essence: where we came from and where we are headed.
– What inspires you at the moment of sitting down to create?
– To say that “everything” inspires me could seem a way to avoid the question. They say that love is all and for me there is one great love, the greatest love of all, that infinite Love, creator of planets and dreams. For me God is everything, love and inspiration.
– How would you define beauty?
-In Plato’s “Dialogues”, Socrates speaks of the just, the good and the beautiful as three intrinsic and inseparable elements. We humans beings are part of creation, while at the same time blessed with the capacity to create: to create a more just, moral and beautiful world. The feeling that resides on the fleeting moment, whether it is sensual or immediate pleasure, is not beauty. Beauty is that which brings us closer to the divine ideal, which is to live in communion with God and with eternity.
– How would you answer if someone asks, “who is Sonia Falcone?”
– I would prefer to become to get to know that person, understand him or her and celebrate his or her mystery. Maybe, as we chat, we could get to know each other. At times, the most difficult paths take us to extraordinary destinies and life itself is a process; nobody is the same at the age of twenty than at age of fifty… To sum up, I would say today that life is not what happens to us, rather it how we react to that which happens to us, and that is how we create our destiny. “Try walking in my shoes” is the metaphor of my life. Whereas it may seems that I lived the fairytale of Cinderella, in reality nothing is what it appears to be.
– We have seen you organizing the wonderful bachelor party for Barbara Coppel and Alejandro Amaya in your mansion in Cabo San Lucas. You recently organized at the home of your friend Cristina Estrada in London the wonderful baby shower where all the guests dressed up in typical Ascott style. How is your creativity inspired? What is most attractive when organizing these wonderful parties?
– To yearn for the eternal does not mean to renounce living the present moment. Life is made out of moments that become other moments. Sometimes these moments are an existential burden, other a ludic dance. At these parties I simply allow for the esthetical to flow in a mischievous way. Just as with my art, these parties are part of a celebration and gratefulness. I live eternally grateful to God, to my parents, my husband, my children, my friends, my siblings, etc. To organize a party for two friends who love each other is a way to express such gratitude, above all for the love I receive from my friend Barbara. I also love Letty Coppel and her whole family very much. Barbara is an exceptional woman who underwent a difficult time in her life, so it was a glorious experience to celebrate a moment filled with love and happiness, given that she was closeing forever a chapter in her life.
– You have played an important role in Barbara Copple´s new life next to Alejandro, when she reencountered him thanks to a trip that you organized with your posse in Europe… How did you feel at her wedding a few months later? What is it that you most admire of these two dear friends of yours?
– Cycles in life begin and end, and are begun again everyday: one is simply too busy sometimes to notice. Certainly some cycles are more transcendental than others, such as in this case. To witness the union between Barbara and Alejandro was to witness the eternal Love of God and to realize that we must always include Him when we create a bond with our partner in life. I told her, “one day you will be a mother, God wants you to be and it shall be the greatest moment.” The fact that they joined their lives in order to continue this great adventure together filled me with great joy… I cried from happiness to see them so complete in their wedding. It was magical for all those that were there. They are two great and upstanding human beings who are very committed to each other, and to whom I wish eternal happiness.
– You rub elbows with equally with important creators in the world of art, the international jet set and the European royalty… In which milieu do you feel more comfortable, can you relax and jus be yourself?
– My family is my life. With my husband Pierre and our kids we laugh and play like small children. There comes a time in one´s life when one feels at easy under one´s own skin and with one´s soul. I am most relaxed when I am spending time with my children, whom have started their own life adventure. That is why we like going to Cabo San Lucas and disconnect from the world and have time to reflect. I love hosting my friends and family here.
– What did motherhood mean to you?
– One never stops being a mother. Even when the children take off and fly away, they are still under your wings. I thrive to create equilibriums and a space where they can assume their own identity, their moral compass and relationship with God in a responsible manner. To be a mother is to love unconditionally and to always be there through every stage of their lives, such that they may grow strong and independent. I love my children profoundly and I have learned much from them.
– You were presented with the Solidarity Award at the Bal de la Riviera last year, an event organized by Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans of France. The objective of this event is to support and acknowledge social and cultural solidarity initiatives that make a big difference. What did this award mean for you?
– As much as it is flattering to be recognized, what is really significant for me is to transmit my enthusiasm to others and awaken them from their lethargy such that they assume their responsibility in saving the planet. We must all raise consciousness in others that have forgotten to seek the just, the good and the beautiful. Humanity and our planet are undergoing a crisis. We must all contribute with our grain of sand.
– Your life next to your husband, Pierre Falcone, one the world´s most important businessman, has been filled with colors, textures, highs and lows, political intrigue and international relations… This is fodder for a novel. Have you ever thought to yourself that your live is like a movie?
– Pierre is an extraordinary man, whose ethics and integrity have made him a national hero in Angola. Although his story should be told, it has remained in the shadows of found interests. The storm has faded away. We all undergo times of tribulations at some point in our lives and that helps us to grow, mature and appreciate things more. There are two types of circumstances: Those that hurt us forever and those that change us forever, and I would like to share with others the hope that, no matter how difficult a situation, we must always trust in God, smile and keep being positive. I admire my husband immensely: I have gone through many difficult moments by his side, buy also very, very happy moments. Maybe there is a chapter in all of this that may send this message of hope. And if my life may be “like in the movies”, it has a happy ending at last.
Photos/Interview: Nunu para Nunu Pictures
Location: Quivira Golf Club
Special Thanks To Hotel Pueblo Bonito
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