I am mostly inspired by the rich and colorful multicultural society in Suriname. In my art I incorporate cultural elements and symbols from Suriname’s diverse cultures such as maluana’s and mythical creatures from the indigenous Amerindians, jarang kepang horses and wayang figurines from my own Javanese heritage, wood carving motifs from local Maroon communities and much more.
I am fascinated by how all the different cultures in Suriname coexist and impact each other. Although their origins are very different they have formed a uniquely unified community respectful of each other’s cultures and traditions. And they have thus, in some way or another, consciously or subconsciously, helped change and shape each other’s identity in a positive sense. I am known to make large multi media batik pieces or canvases in which I incorporate not only elements from multiple cultures and often natural materials, but I also use multiple art techniques such as painting, batik, stenciling and embroidery. Women from different cultures in traditional clothing are another special interest and they are also a familiar theme in my artwork. Lately I have been working especially with women’s faces, with a detailed emphasis on their headwear.
2015 Art without Borders; from Suriname to Curaçao, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Unleashed, 30 years ABKS, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Paverpol Crea weekend, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Sri, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Carifesta art exhibition, KKF, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Sri, solo exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Pigments>Guyanne, Martinique, French Guyana