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'Creativity is the basis for change'

Roddney Tjon Poen Gie graduated from the ‘Academie voor Hoger Kunst en Cultuur Onderwijs’ (AHKCO) in Suriname in 1994 with a major in painting and drawing. He is a self-taught sculptor since 1995. He recently retired from the government department of Culture, where he was the supervisor of the State Art Collection.

With his art Roddney hopes to inspire people to be creative and use the wealth of materials that nature has to offer. In his own work, which can alternate between the world of fine art and that of craft making, he often works and experiments with materials from nature, which he processes and manipulates in such a way that the result is a unique art work or artifact. Pits and seeds, clay, bauxite, tropical wood and especially driftwood, are often used materials in his art.

Roddney has been an artist-in-residence at Duende in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA and in 2014 at the Tembe Art Studio in Moengo, Suriname. In November 2017 Roddney participated in ‘Forest Art Guyane’, an art project in a forest in French Guiana, where he and other artists transformed large tree trunks into public art installations.

Working experience:
Employed at the governmental department of Culture-Supervisor Sate Collection
- Autodidact in sculpting of wood since 1995
- Project: poster design for the handicapped – Surifesta activity
- 2004 Project: Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname in Coronie
- 2009 Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
- 2014 Artist in Residence at Tembe Art Studio (TAS)/ Kibii Foundation, Moengo, Suriname
- 2017 Participated in 'Forest Art' in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana

2018 TNF of January "Forest Art Guyane", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
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
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 WAT RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, International traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Heritage Festival, Ft. Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
2011 L' Encadrier Galerie, Cayenne, French Guyana
2011 About Change Art Program, World Bank, Washington DC, USA

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Roddney Tjon Poen Gie

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
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF Forest‘ Art Guyane by Roddney Tjon Poen Gie
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
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"
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
The About Change emerging artists program
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Paramaribo SPAN
Double-feature: Tjon Poen Gie and Struikelblok
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
" Out of the Ocean" Roddney Tjon Poen GIe
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
6 october 1962

Birth place:

1994 Graduated from the Academy for Higher Art and Cultural Education (AHKCO), Paramaribo, Suriname
Major : Visual Arts (painting and drawing).
1991 Workshop watercolors AHKCO by Artist Dawson
1993 Workshop screenprinting by Henk van der Plas
1994 Workshop Nola Hatterman Institute by Saskia Jetten
1994 Workshop OAS Cultural Administrator
1999 Workshop Graphic design by Dutch expert
2001 Workshop Ceramics and Batik by Soeki Irodikromo

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