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'I incorporate several elements from traditional cultures, but am also fascinated by the unique balance that exists between the natural and the spiritual world'

John Lie A Fo was educated at the ‘Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten’ in Antwerp, Belgium and the ‘Vrije Academie’ in The Hague, the Netherlands, and currently lives in French Guiana.  Lie A Fo paints on canvas, on paper, creates objects and is also skilled in various art printing techniques. The artist is particularly interested in the traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples and the maroons.

In his art he incorporates several elements from these traditional cultures, but he is particularly fascinated by the unique balance that exists between the natural and the spiritual world within these communities. Rituals and all related traditional implements and artifacts from the indigenous and the maroon tribes are the main themes in the majority of his art. In addition to the traditional cultures of his tropical surroundings, John Lie A Fo is also fascinated by its beautiful nature. From November 2012 until February 2013 there was a large retrospective exhibition, including a beautiful catalogue, about Lie A Fo in SaintLaurent du Maroni in French Guiana.

In French Guiana, the artist is also intensely involved with EMEGA, an organization that uses art education to help integrate disabled children in their communities.  After 35 years John Lie A Fo reinvigorated his artistic relationship with Suriname through a large solo-exhibition at Readytex Art Gallery in 2017.

2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2019 TNF "Special Art Gifts", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 Solo exhibition "Kumbat'tey", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition in De Hal, Suriname
2014 In memoriam Wim Vromans, Galerie Peter Bax, Sneek, Holland
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique
2012 Solo exhibition "Retrospective", Camp de la Transportation Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
2011 Galerie l' Encadrier, Cayenne, French Guiana
2010 Kunst is kracht, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Suriname

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John Lie-A-Fo

Manifesto group exhibition Alakondre, Wi Tru Fesi
Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
"Open House" in July at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in May at Readytex Art Gallery
'‘Open House'' in March at Readytex Art Gallery
"Special Gift Edition" at Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday-Night-Feature with Open-Mic during NK
Readytex Art Gallery also open during NK 2018
Animals inspire our next Thursday-Night-Feature
"Open House at Readytex Art Gallery"
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Solo Exhibition of John Lie A Fo "Kumbat'tey"
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Mini feature John Lie-A-Fo
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
15 june 1945

Birth place:
Suriname, Paramaribo

- Koninklijke academie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerpen, Belgium
- Vrije Academie, The Hague, the Netherlands

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