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'My work deals with the sadness, the fear, the abuse and the violence that are undeniably a part of many people’s lives in this day and age'

Sunil Puljhun received his art education at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname, where he is currently a teacher himself. Early in his career he painted primarily those things he thought of as beautiful, but as his career progressed his focus gradually shifted to more weighty and relevant issues in society. This change was in part inspired by his friendship with the socially and politically, highly critical artist Kurt Nahar.

As Puljhun began to look beyond the surface, his art became darker, literally as well as figuratively. He often focuses on the darker side of human nature, and subjects such as war, greed, man’s hunger for power, poverty and abuse are recurring themes in his art. Puljhun often adds subtle texts and his own specific symbolisms to his work to strengthen the theme. The artist also creates works of art that are a combination of painting and drawing, but collage, the use of stencils, and digital art techniques are also incorporated into his work.

Puljhun has participated in several exhibitions in Suriname and the Netherlands. In 2009 he spent three months at the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ in the Netherlands as an intern, and in 2014 he was artist-in-residence at the Glo’ Art institute in Lanaken, Belgium.

Working experience:
2018: Participated in visitor’s program of Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014: One-Month Residency at Glo'Art in Lanaken, Belgium
2010 & 2011: Traveled to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy as Supervisor with two students for the occasion of the end presentation of final year students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy
2009: Three-month internship at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, The Netherlands
2000 - Now: Teacher at Nola Hatterman Art Academy, 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 TNF by Puljhun ‘Nieuw werk en het experiment’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 TNF of December "Sunil Puljhun", Readytex Art Gallery, 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 Heritage Festival, Fort Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
2011 Solo "The weight of darkness", RAG in De Hal, Suriname

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Sunil Puljhun

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
TNF of Sunil Puljhun: New work and the experiment
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Group exhibition "WAT"
"The weight of darkness" Sunil Puljhun
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
“Time will tell” by artist Sunil Puljhun
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Paramaribo SPAN
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09

Date of birth:
23 july 1978

Birth place:

2011: Workshop digital art by Peter Thielen, Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Paramaribo, Suriname
2007: IOL (Institute for the Training of Teachers) - Received teachers’ certification/ teachers’ credentials, Suriname
2001: IOL (Institute for the Training of Teachers) 8-month course of visual arts/ drawing, Suriname
1998 - 2000: SPI (Surinamese teachers' Training institute) up to AVF II phase, Paramaribo, Suriname
1995 - 2000: Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Paramaribo, Suriname

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