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'My greatest source of inspiration is the cycle of life, birds, flowers, fruit, people, especially women, all have symbolic significance in the theme of my work.'

Reinier Asmoredjo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the ‘Academie voor Hoger Kunst en Cultuur Onderwijs’ (AHKCO) in Suriname. He is recently retired from his career as an art teacher in secondary school in Paramaribo. The artist’s greatest source of inspiration is the cycle of life. Of special significance and strong symbolic meaning in his work therefore, are circles, often represented in the sun, fruit, or the female form, all elements critical to positive energy, fertility and ultimately the cycle of life. Animals such as fish and birds are often present as symbols of freedom.

The artist is also greatly inspired by the fascinating diversity of cultures in Suriname. Maroon women in traditional garb, dancing or at work, traditional elements and women from his own Javanese background are particular favorites in his work. His compositions are carefully thought out and sketched in advance, and the artist owns a fascinating collection of sketchbooks that catalogue drawn miniatures of basically all of his creations.

Although his work is mostly figurative, Asmoredjo is also known for the more stylized and abstract paintings that he likes to create every now and then.

Working experience:
2014 - Present: Working as illustrator for the Surinamese Department of Education (Curriculum Development)
2001- 2004: Member of the association of visual artists in suriname (ABKS)
2001: Teacher at the Academy for Higher Art and Culture Education (AHKCO)
1999 - Present: Member of the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS)
1995 - 2014: Art teacher at the secondary school ‘Algemene Middelbare School’ (AMS), Paramaribo, Suriname

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 'Special Art Gifts', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 Position 125 presents Campuran, De Hal, Suriname
2018 25 years Anniversary of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of December 'Special Gift Edition', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 Solo 'Round & Around', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Position 125, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname

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Reinier Asmoredjo

Manifesto group exhibition Alakondre, Wi Tru Fesi
Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
‘Open House’ in November at Readytex Art Gallery
"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
"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
Solo exhibition of R. Asmoredjo "Round & Around"
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
Solo Exhibition R. Asmoredjo "Spirit of the Sun"
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Artists participating in international exhibitions
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
Fernandes goes art with Readytex Art gallery
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
25 october 1962

Birth place:

1989 Bachelor of Arts - Academy for Higher Art and Culture Education (A.H.K.C.O), Suriname

1997: ‘Troki Grani’, award issued by the publishers of the daily newspaper 'de Ware Tijd' for the fact that he has, in their opinion, manifested himself as the most avant-garde, leading artist of his generation in Suriname

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