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Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
(8 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018)

Readytex Art Gallery 25 years!

Readytex Art Gallery is 25 years old on February 8th 2018. A significant milestone! The gallery celebrates this with a special anniversary exhibition that opens in the evening on March 8th, and is open to the public from the 9th thru the 24th of February.

Who would have thought when the gallery opened its doors on February 8th 1993, upstairs from the Readytex Craft & souvenirshop at the Maagdenstraat, that Readytex Art Gallery would be located in such a large and beautiful building 25 years later? And who would have thought then, that Readytex Art Gallery would someday be the most prominent, active and the most talked about art gallery in Suriname? A gallery that represents Surinamese top artists with whom she, in collaboration with various international contacts, goes far beyond the borders of Suriname?

The gallery opened 25 years ago primarily because of a love for art, but also to provide in a need. Several local artists were already bringing small artworks to Readytex, where they were then sold in the souvenir shop. They clearly needed a space in which they could offer their work to the public.  And space was indeed available on the floor right above the Readytex store. Thus Readytex Art Gallery was born on February 8th, 1993.

Over the years the art collection of the gallery grew. The relationship with the artists became stronger, the approach more professional and the services were expanded. An important group of art enthusiasts and collectors started to develop, while the artists grew and became more ambitious as well. With their studies at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, the ‘Academie voor Hoger Kunst en Cultuur Onderwijs’ (AHKCO), Edna Manley College of the visual and performing arts in Jamaica, or at institutes in the Netherlands, the artists affiliated with Readytex Art Gallery possess the potential and the drive to expand their boundaries, literally and figuratively. This is where the gallery plays an ever-increasing role. Together with the artists the gallery cultivated many international relationships, which made it possible for them to regularly participate in international exhibitions, projects, and artist-in-residencies. And on the website, anyone from anywhere in the world can view as well as purchase, art from all artists.

With the opening of her new, larger location at the Steenbakkerijstraat in 2015, Readytex Art Gallery can now display many more works of art. At that time we also started with our monthly Thursday-Night-Features in which artists or other art professionals give a diverse range of presentations.

The Readytex Art Gallery platform is extremely valuable, and has become indispensible to the Surinamese art scene. The momentum is growing steadily. There is a lot of hard work involved and the challenges are still significant, but the motivation remains, and we dare to dream bigger and bigger. So keep an eye on the plans and the activities of Readytex Art Gallery. 2018 will be a special year!  

We start with our anniversary exhibition in which all of our artists will show how their work has developed over the past years. They each show two works in the exhibition: one older piece from earlier in their careers, and one recent work. As the gallery grew so did they after all, and of this they will share a fraction with the public.

The exhibition is open from February 9th – 24th, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, with extra nighttime opening hours on Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of February from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

On Saturday the 10th of February at 7:30 pm, Managing Director Monique NouhChaia will hold a presentation in which she looks back and looks ahead. She will also reveal some of the new plans of the gallery. Everyone is invited to join this presentation and encouraged to participate in the discussion.

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Featured artist(s)

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj
Dhiradj Ramsamoedj is well known for his paintings as well as for his three-dimensional artworks. His series of Flexible man sculptures have made quite an impact. Coming from a family of several tailors, textile was a natural material for Dhiradj to experiment with.
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Hanka Wolterstorff
Hanka Wolterstorff is best known for her intricately molded ceramic sculptures made from several thin, delicate sheets of clay. She creates lovely, often small, sculptures that are almost always finished with shiny glazes in bold and beautiful color combinations.
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John Lie-A-Fo
John Lie A Fo creates modern and highly expressive works of art, in which he usually highlights the customs and rituals from various traditional cultures.
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Kenneth Flijders
Kenneth Flijders is a versatile artist who is best known for his colorful acrylic paintings of scenes from daily life and nature. He also works in other styles and techniques, and particularly loves to create artworks in various printing techniques.
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Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi
Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi has dealt with different subjects throughout her career, but nature - in its spiritual or physical form - and women, are recurring themes in her artworks.
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Kurt Nahar
In his bold and often confrontational art, Kurt Nahar addresses controversial social and political issues, locally and globally. Simple objects, collage techniques and a creative use of words, are characteristic to his art.
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Leonnie van Eert
Leonnie van Eert is a ceramic artist who takes inspiration from the connection between the earthly and the spiritual, from authentic tribal forms and customs, and from shapes and elements of nature.
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Paul Chang
Born and raised in Suriname, Paul Chang has undeniably been influenced by its lush tropical nature, and he considers it natural that he wants to visualize this in his art. While adapting to the times, he tries to give a modern twist to his works.
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Reinier Asmoredjo
Reinier Asmoredjo’s greatest source of inspiration is the cycle of life, with women playing a key role therein. Of special significance and strong symbolic meaning in most of his compositions are circles, often represented in the sun, fruit, or the female form.

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Rene Tosari
Paintings by René Tosari are often recognized for their unique texture, achieved by his combined use of acrylic and oil paints on his canvases. He is also well-known for his socially engaged graphical prints and paintings.
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Rinaldo Klas
Rinaldo Klas is especially well-known for his acrylic paintings in which he brings man and nature together in colorful and harmonious compositions.
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Roddney Tjon Poen Gie
Roddney Tjon Poen Gie is a versatile artist who transforms materials found in nature into unique artworks. His driftwood sculptures are decorated with acrylic paint in colorful abstract patterns.

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Shaundell Horton
In her art Shaundell Horton, to whom Suriname is currently home, often references her country of birth, Guyana. She does this by incorporating subtle nostalgic elements such as used teabags to the backgrounds of her work.

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Soeki Irodikromo
“We are truly a melting pot of cultures!  We are a country where people accept each other for what they are, better still, we are a country where people share and represent each other’s cultural riches.  We are rich because ....
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Sri Irodikromo
Sri Irodikromo is especially well-known for incorporating various cultural symbols and patterns as well as multiple art techniques including stenciling, embroidery and batik, in her paintings.'
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Steven Towirjo
Steven Towirjo is a ceramic sculptor who creates fascinating organic shapes inspired mostly by cultural motives and forms represented in nature.
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Sunil Puljhun
Sunil Puljhun uses charcoal, pencils and acrylic paint in primarily black and grey hues. Sand and collage materials are occasionally used to add depth and structure to the surface of his work.
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Wilgo Vijfhoven
Wilgo Vijfhoven’s art is generally recognizable for its predominantly red and yellow color palette and the subtle nude female silhouettes that are usually his main theme.
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