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'My work has to communicate locally as well as internationally; even so I want to achieve a yin yang harmony between realism and abstraction in one piece of art'

Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi studied Visual Art and Art Education in Suriname and the Netherlands (1972 – 1979). She started her career as an art teacher and lecturer, but became a full-time visual artist in 1988, with an emphasis on painting & drawing and has been involved in multidisciplinary art projects since 1996. In 2005 she added video film & video installation as a medium to her work. From 1998 to 2017 Kit-Ling was the secretary of the FVAS (Federation for Visual Artists in Suriname).

Recurring themes in her work are nature, in its physical as well as its spiritual form, the various cultures of Suriname, and women, especially the strength of women. For some time Kit-Ling also focused on creating a fusion between visual art and the art of words, which resulted in the publication of the books: ‘The Strength of Women’ (2009), and ‘Short Stories’, a bundle of poems (2012).

Kit-Ling has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in 2011 she was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in the USA. In 2012, she was the featured visual artist within the 13th International Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS). In 2013, Kit-Ling received the Bridget Jones Travel Award from the Society of Caribbean Studies in the UK. In August of 2019 the artist had a large solo exhibition at Readytex Art Gallery named One can make difference.

Discover more on Kit-Ling on her website http://kitlingtjonpiangi.net/

Read: Self-portrait of the artist speaking in the third person


Working experience:
Recent ‘Community Art Projects’: participated as Visual Artist and as a member of the management team.
2015: Pikin Slee – Paramaribo – the Netherlands Connection
2014: Art event the Giant painting, painting installed at JAP international airport, Zanderij, Suriname
2011: Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
1988 - Now: Visual artist: Painting and Drawing, Video & Video installation since 2005, Multi disciplinary art projects since 1996

2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
2020 Cultural encounters: Art of Asian diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean, 1945 – Present, Kalamazoo Institute, Michigan, USA
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2019 Solo "One can make a difference", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 Suriname Art Expo 2017, Umana Yana, Georgetown, Guyana
2017 TNF of August ''Pe un’ moksi kon na wan", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 TNF "Caged", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016-2017 One Bare Foot Square Uncooked traveling art project, Different Countries
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Suriname
2012 Solo "Short Stories", Surinaams Museum at Fort Zeelandia, Suriname

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Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi

Manifesto group exhibition Alakondre, Wi Tru Fesi
Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
Solo "One can make a difference" by Kit-Ling
"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
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
TNF 3 Augustus : Pe un’ moksi kon na wan
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
"Short Stories" Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi "The strength of women"
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
The Woman Artist Installation by Kit-Ling
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Open house 2005

Birth place:

2009: Two workshops 'City oneminutes' (short video-film), AHKCO (Academy for higher art and culture education), Suriname in co-operation with the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2005 - 2006: SFA, Surinamese Film Academy, Camera, Light and Lighting, Paramaribo, Suriname
1976 - 1979: Visual Art & Art Education MO-A and MO-B degree, Academy in Tilburg, the Netherlands
1972 - 1976: Visual Art & Art Education MO-A degree, Advanced Teachers Training Institute, Suriname

2001 First Prize at the Surifesta Art Poster Contest 2001
Work of Kit-Ling was selected for book illustrations, several calenders and stamps.
2012 Featured Visual Artist within the Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.
2013 Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Studies, awarded by the society for Caribbean Studies in the UK.

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