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'Harmonious contrast and intense passion'

For many years René Tosari equally divided his time between the two countries of Suriname and the Netherlands, in both of which he has been very active in the arts. In 2014 however, he permanently moved to Suriname, the country of his birth. Many who remember Tosari from the beginning of his art career remember him for his graphic work as well as his politically and socially motivated work of the seventies and eighties. Although related themes occasionally do reappear, the work from this artist has in recent years mostly taken a different course.

He describes himself as an experimental artist, an artist who aims to achieve something unique in each new creation and who ultimately tries to achieve a higher level of skill in every work of art he creates.

The artist is especially well known for his unique style and technique. He combines oils and acrylic paints, give his paintings a unique texture and a mystical appearance. Tosari often expresses his concern for the environment in his paintings. Animals and nature play an important role and in his compositions the artist combines them with self conceived symbols and other organic shapes. Some examples are the hummingbird because of its role in cross-pollination, the ‘maripaboto’ representing the protest of traditional communities against the infringing modern world, a spade, a cow and other signs which are reminiscent of his previous politically oriented work. Typical for Tosari is also the way in which he outlines his figures with contrasting lines. For his last solo exhibition in 2010, he took special interest in the signs and symbols from old original communities from all over the World.

In his research he went all the way back to the origins of mankind, to the origins of human artistic expressiveness in all its fascinating diversity. He combined these mostly abstract signs and symbols from different times and different cultures with elements from his own artistic signature, and created compositions which express their own universal visual language.

Working experience:
2006 - 2014 Board member of SBK, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1998 - 2001 Teacher Culture Education BK, Matchpoint, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1994 - 1999 Affiliated to Stichting Open Ateliers Amsterdam Zuid Oost, the Netherlands
1994 - 1996 Teacher Visual Art, Kunstweb, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of January "Sjoeroe", 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 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 De Verleiding van Coronie, The Hague, the Netherlands
2010 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Rene Tosari

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
Book presentation"René Tosari: Diversity is power"
"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
"Open House at Readytex Art Gallery"
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
Presentation of Rene - David inspired by Sjoeroe
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Rene Tosari solo exhibit "Dicht bij de oorsprong"
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
Rene Tosari at IVCC
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Holland Art Fair 2006
Rene Tosari: "De nieuwe oogst"

Date of birth:
24 march 1948

Birth place:

1980 - 1982 Rietveld Academy, Creative Educational & Didactical refreshment course, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1970 - 1973 Academy for Visual Arts, Roterdam, the Netherlands
1967 - 1970 National Institute for Art & Culture
Paramaribo, Suriname

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