Leonnie van Eert is a ceramic artist born in the
Netherlands. Although she started her work as a ceramist later in life, Leonnie
was always interested and involved in various art forms. She took a watercolor
course, created and performed theatre plays for children with friends, took
dance workshops, music lessons, and even played the tenor saxophone for many
years, classically as well as in a big band. She also went on many cultural
trips and often visited museums in Europe, Africa and Asia.
In 1997 she moved to Suriname for one year to work
with youngsters with a mental disability. Once back in the Netherlands she
worked at a center for asylum seekers, because she felt drawn to the diversity
in cultures represented there in. In 2000 Leonnie decides to move back to
Suriname, where she starts working as a social worker and an artistic
supervisor for special needs groups. In 2001 she starts taking ceramic lessons
from Soeki Irodikromo, who inspired her to further develop her own style.
In her work she searches for a connection between the
earthly and the spiritual, and takes inspiration from authentic tribal forms and customs, shapes from nature,
and from her work with special needs groups as well. For her work with children
Leonnie has travelled to the interior quite often. Her work with the indigenous
Trio community of Kwamalasamutu especially, left a lasting impression on her.
These and other experiences are often depicted in her ceramics in
semi-abstracted form. In her work she often incorporates other natural
materials such as bamboo, jute, rope and seeds.
2016 Two day Presentation at the Folk Academy of Soeki Irodikromo, Sana Budaya, Paramaribo, Suriname
2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of August "Pe un' moksi kon na wan", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery. Suriname
2017 TNF of March "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 National Art Fair, DSB Bank, Paramaribo, Suriname
2015 TNF of September "Leonnie van Eert", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname