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'Women is what fascinates me most, I am captivated by their beauty and also intrigued by their strength and resilience during hardship and other setbacks'

Wilgo Vijfhoven studied at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. Wilgo spent many years teaching at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy and currently works for the directorate of Culture.

In his art he is often preoccupied with the subject that most fascinates him: women. He is captivated by their beauty, but he is also intrigued by the strength and resilience of women during hardship and other setbacks. Vijfhoven prefers to paint women naked, because as an artist he is awed by the beauty of the female form. His work occasionally includes certain types of fruit that subtly mirror the female form. He does not paint a perfect realistic likeness, but has developed his own unique style of subtle silhouettes and outlines. He allows the natural flow of his watered down acrylic paint to inspire the forms and compositions on his canvas.

His sensual subjects are done predominantly in striking red against a bright yellow background, occasionally contrasted with bright greens or blues. Upon careful inspection, other artfully disguised elements such as fish or birds can also be detected amongst the clever compositions of Vijfhoven.

Since 2018 Wilgo has also been using the technique of pyrography (wood burning) to create various types of artistic images on wood and wooden objects.

Working experience:
2002: Workshop in etching at the Amsterdam printing atelier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2001: Special project - St. Vincentius Hospital Mural, Paramaribo, Suriname
2001: Special project - Saron Mural “Children’s rights”, Paramaribo, Suriname
2000: Special project - Millenium painting Ernst&Young, Paramaribo, Suriname
1997: Special project - Mural for the Dutch Embassy, Paramaribo, Suriname
1988 - 2016: Art teacher at the Nola Hatterman Institute, Paramaribo, Suriname

2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 National Art Fair exhibition in Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Solo exhibition "Rood", RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Vredig, Vrij en Vriendelijk, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Colourful Friendships, Queens Park Gallery, Barbados

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Wilgo Vijfhoven

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
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
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
Solo expo "Rood" Wilgo Vijfhoven
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
Wilgo Vijfhoven "Untitled"
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Mini Feature Wilgo Vijfhoven
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Holland Art Fair 2006

Date of birth:
26 september 1964

Birth place:
Paramaribo, Suriname

1992 - 1994: Edna Manley College for the Visual and the Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica
1987 - 1991: Nola Hatterman Instituut, Paramaribo, Suriname
1986: Ceramics course
1984 - 1986: Certificate “Project Potlood en Penseel” (Project Pencil and Paint brush)

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