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'Themes related to nature, the environment, agriculture, but also ancient signs and symbols, appear regularly in my work'

René Tosari received his art education at the ‘Nationaal Instituut voor Kunst & Cultuur’ in Suriname, at the ‘Academie Beeldende Kunsten’ in Rotterdam and at the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Up until 2014, when he permanently settled in Suriname, René Tosari divided his time equally between the two countries of Suriname and the Netherlands, in both of which he has been very active in the arts.

Early in his career Tosari often created highly engaged, politically and socially motivated graphical art works. The artist is especially well known for his unique style and technique, in which the combined use of oils and acrylic paints, gives his paintings a unique texture and a mystical appearance. Also quite recognizable are the organic shapes and sharply outlined figures. Themes related to nature, the environment, agriculture, but also ancient signs and symbols, appear regularly in his work. He combines them with elements from his own artistic signature and creates compositions that speak their own universal visual language.

In 2015 René Tosari also completed an artist-in-residence period at the Tembe Art Studio (TAS) in Moengo, in the Surinamese district Marowijne. The artistically produced monologue of the artist René Tosari: diversity is Power, highlighting the artist’s fascinating career and extensive oeuvre, was first presented in the Netherlands in December 2018, and soon thereafter in Suriname in January 2019. 

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

2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
2020 Cultural Encounters: Art of Asian diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean, 1945 – Present, Kalamazoo Institute, Michigan, USA
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2019 TNF Book presentation ‘René Tosari: Diversity is power’, 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 December "Special Gift Edition", 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
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname

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Rene Tosari

Manifesto group exhibition Alakondre, Wi Tru Fesi
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, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
1967 - 1970: National Institute for Art & Culture
Paramaribo, Suriname

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