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'Mankind is the source of most of the misery in the world and the innocent, especially children are the victims.'

With my art I want to make people think about important and relevant issues in society. In the past I painted only things I thought of as beautiful, but as you grow and mature, personally and as an artist, you start to look at things differently; you start to look beyond the surface. Life is not only about pleasant and beautiful things. For many years I have thus focused on human nature and its effect on society as a whole.

Subjects such as war, greed, self-centered personal gratification, man’s hunger for power, poverty and abuse were until recently the main theme in my art. Those works were mostly dark, done in charcoal, pencils and acrylic paint in primarily black and grey hues, combined with collage techniques. My subjects were either dark, indistinct silhouettes or pictures of people, often children, with strong emotional expressions.

Sometimes I add words and certain symbolisms to elaborate on the theme. Important in almost every composition is a bright white mass which seems to emit an ominous threat or source of evil. It is often portrayed as radiating from the bottom of the work up towards the subject, implying in many cases a negative energy emanating from a source of evil…. and evil can come from many sources and the direction may vary. In most cases the cause of misery and evil is mankind itself and regrettably too often, the victims are the innocent, especially children. In that regard my work deals with the sadness, the fear, the abuse and the violence that often lurk beneath the surface, but are undeniably a part of many people’s lives in this day and age.

Working experience:
2016 - Now Head of the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Suriname
2014 1 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
Previously Art teacher at several secondary schools

2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", 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, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Heritage Festival, Fort Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
2011 Solo exhibition "The weight of darkness", RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 De Verleiding van Coronie, The Hague, Holland

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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, Suriname
1995 - 2000 Nola Hatterman Art Academy
IOL - Institute for the training of teachers/ 8 months of Visual arts – drawing
SPI - Surinamese teachers' training institute/ AVF II fase

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