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'With my art I hope to create awareness within the community that with a little bit of creativity and inventiveness a lot can be achieved'

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:
2017: Participated in ‘Forest ‘Art Guyane’ in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
2014: Artist-in-residence at Tembe Art Studio (TAS)/ Kibii Foundation, Moengo, Suriname
2009: Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
2004: Project: Federation of Visual Artists in Coronie, Suriname
- Project: poster design for the physically challenged – Surifesta activity
- Project: art objects for the elderly - Surifesta activity
- Self-taught sculptor since 1995

2019 TNF "Special Art Gifts", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 National Art Fair exhibition in Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 TNF of January "Forest Art Guyane", 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 Heritage Festival, Ft. Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
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:

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

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