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'I believe that every person, no matter how well you think you know them, is in essence a mystery to anyone but themselves'

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj graduated from the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in 2004. He also successfully completed his teachers’ education and currently teaches art at a secondary school in Paramaribo, Suriname.

As a beginning artist he preferred working with oil on canvas and a palette knife as his tool, but now he also paints in acrylics, which he applies with a brush. Ordinary Surinamese people, their daily circumstances and struggles, as well as memories from his past and the mysterious nature of man, are important themes in his work. His works are also increasingly becoming critical commentaries on controversial social and political issues affecting Surinamese society today. He also creates three-dimensional art, and his textile sculptures made from hundreds of pieces of culturally inspired cloth, have become quite popular.

In 2009 he spent three months at the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ in Amsterdam as guest lecturer. Dhiradj’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Suriname, the Netherlands, the USA, Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba. Dhiradj has been an artist-in-residence in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011, and in Aruba in 2013.

In 2016 Dhiradj also spent 2 months in France as an artist-in-residence at the ‘Cité des arts internationale’ in Paris. In 2019 the artist had a large solo exhibition at Readytex Art Gallery in which he displayed a surprising new collection of mixed media paintings and sculptures.

Working experience:
2017 Commissioned to create a wall sculpture for the French Embassy, Suriname
2016 Artist-in-residence for 3 months at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France
2016 - Now: Art Teacher at Institute for educational training IOL, Suriname
2013 Residency: Caribbean Linked 2, Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba
2011 Artist-in-residence for a special project at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad
2008 Design and Presentation of plastic bottle installation, commissioned by NGO Forum

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 Solo 'Little Thank You', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 Kalá ká Anubhava 3, Lallarookh, Paramaribo, Suriname
2018 25 years Anniversary exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 Suriname Art Expo 2017, Umana Yana, Georgetown, Guyana
2017 Exhibition celebrating 180 yrs Theater Thalia, Theater Thalia, Suriname
2016 Exhibition and presentation within the framework of residency at ‘Cité Internationale des Arts’ in Paris, RAG, Suriname
2016 Anansi, open studio of artist in residency at ‘Cité Internationale des Arts’, Paris, France
2015 Solo exhibition "IN MY MIND'S EYE", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname

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Dhiradj Ramsamoedj

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
Solo Exhibition Dhiradj Ramsamoedj
"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
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Solo exhibition D. Ramsamoedj " IN MY MIND'S EYE "
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
The About Change emerging artists program
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Ordinary People Reloaded; solo Dhiradj Ramsamoedj
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Paramaribo SPAN
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC

Date of birth:
24 march 1986

Birth place:

2007 - 2013: IOL - Institute for the training of educators, majoring in Visual Arts, Suriname
2007 - 2008 Workshops at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Netherlands
2000 - 2004: Nola Hatterman Art Academy (graduated in 2004 with Honors), Paramaribo, Suriname

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