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'artistic documentation on Suriname heritage'

Kit-Ling consequently paints and draws people amidst colorful Surinamese nature and of traditional cultures in an illustrative style. She works with oil and acrylics on canvas and has also done some painting on wood. In essence Kitling has thus created an artistically documented series about the outward manifestations of different non western cultures. For example, a series of women in traditional Creole clothing (koto misi), indigenous youngsters amidst traditional and western culture, a fairy-like portrayal of a woman in search of her own way in life, or disappearing traditional dance styles from Suriname.
In the patchwork series of maroon women, the traditional patchwork style of geometric shapes consisting of straight and slanted lines is manifested in several contrasting colors.
Additionally there are other types of paintings such as that of the young maroon woman with traditionally braided hairstyle, chasing a blawtyie (Surinamese bird) from a banana bunch or that of her daughter Muriel enjoying a handful of bamie(Indonesian noodle dish).
Kitling has also been known to do nature scenes such as birds in flight. Up until now her paintings have been realistic in style with a lot of attention to the ornamental while at the same time giving a unique expressive interpretation of the visual aspects of different cultures.
She is presently in the process of focusing more on giving expression to the internal aspects of various cultures.
The art of Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi attests to the fact that she is one of the Surinamese people who support the cause of sustainable development of the rich culture and nature of her homeland.


Working experience:
1979 - 1987 Art teacher at the "Miranda College" Senior High School and
the Surinamese Pedagogic Institute;
Art lecturer at the Advanced Teacher Training Institute;
Specialist for the Project “Renewal Curriculum Primary Education”.

Exhibitions:
2003 / 2004 V Caribbean Biennial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2003 Carifesta 8, Paramaribo - Suriname
2003 Exhibitions 130 years of Hindustan Immigration
2002 "Banana Paper Exhibition", Osaka, Japan
1997 Surpost Kit-Ling 97 in connection with the issue of stamps sold to
benefit children "Help Me"
1996 Ala libi hab' tu fesi, Surinamese Museum at Fort Zeelandia
1992 Cetro Adres Bello, Paramaribo





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Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi



Education:
1972 - 1976 Advanced Teacher Training Institute in Paramaribo - (Fine Arts) I.O.L. Paramaribo, Suriname
1976 - 1979 Academy Tilburg, the Netherlands


Award:
Surifesta 2001 Art Poster Contest: First Prize


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