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'It is an age-old rhythm from our ancestors but adapted to go along with a new rhythm, the rhythm to which we all dance'

Steven Towirjo is a self-taught ceramic artist. His first encounter with clay and ceramics was in the studio of his uncle, well known Surinamese visual artist Soeki Irodikromo, where he helped out as a part-time frame-maker. From the moment he got his first piece of clay to experiment with, Towirjo became hooked.

Steven Towirjo creates ceramic sculptures inspired by the rich multicultural society he was raised in. His sculptures, which are made in predominantly natural earthy hues, are influenced by motifs from his own Javanese culture and other cultures as well. Also of great influence to his highly structured pieces of art are his brief time studying building design in school in Suriname, and later on, his years working in the building and construction permits department in the Netherlands.

His affinity for fine art and architecture increased as he explored those scenes in the Netherlands, and elements thereof can be recognized in the textures and the compositions of many of his pieces. So influenced by the old and the new, by his heritage and by modern architecture, the artist manages to create unique works of art in shapes that are authentic, but also contemporary.

In 2018, work from Steven Towirjo was included in the exhibition 6 x 6 Ceramic Tile, an exhibition in the IDB Staff Association Art Gallery in Washington DC, a curated exhibition with works from ceramic artists from IDB member countries.

2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of August "Pe un’ moksi kon na wan", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of March "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 National Art Fair, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2015 Positions 125, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2000 Chamber of Commerce Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
1998 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
1997 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Steven Towirjo

Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
‘Open House’ in November at Readytex Art Gallery
"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"
TNF 3 Augustus : Pe un’ moksi kon na wan
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature

Date of birth:
28 july 1971

Birth place:
Brokopondo, Suriname

1993 Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Autodidact

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