Kurt Nahar received his art education at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and the Performing arts in Jamaica. The artist is currently a teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy himself.
Kurt Nahar uses his art to express his thoughts and emotions on various subjects related to questionable social and political circumstances in Suriname and in other countries worldwide, in a bold and often confrontational manner. By doing so he hopes to increase awareness, to break the trend of silent acceptance and to ultimate stimulate discussion. His technique is inspired by the methods of his predecessors from the era of Dadaism. The use of collage techniques and simple objects are characteristic for his art.
Kurt has participated in exhibitions in various countries, and has enjoyed residencies at art institutes such as Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, all in the USA, the ‘Rijksakademie’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2018, he joined the Miami based artist team of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) in their yearly international cultural exchange project (ICE) in Jamaica. In 2019 he participated in the critical exhibition Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora art from the creole city at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington DC.
2016 Artist in Residence at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, USA
2009 Research residency at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2008 Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
2008 Artist in Residence at Duende – Art exchange project ArtRoPa, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Since 2007 Art Teacher for special needs children at the Matoekoe Foundation
1997- Now Teacher at the Nola Hatterman Institute
1994- 1997 Different Drawing Contests and Projects
2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 TNF of September "Residency New Orleans", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Suriname
2013 Carifesta XI exhibition, Surinaams Museum, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique, French Guyana
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Solo exhibition "Legally Issued", Galerie Nola Hatterman, Amsterdam, the Netherlands