Who we are
Readytex Art Gallery believes in the strength and potential of Surinamese artists. We are deeply committed to their success. In the 28 years of our existence, we have sculpted our own strategic long-term trajectory, which resulted in the overall advancement of the Surinamese art industry.
We support and represent 18 emerging, mid-career and advanced visual artists who are ambitious and dedicated to their artistic vision.
As intermediary between artist and collector we place value on the interests of both. We provide our artists with a professional foundation that results in an impetus for the development of their production and careers. Our collectors benefit from the growing social and commercial value of their investment in art.
Our international vision is to attain a worthy and well-deserved presence for artists from Suriname in collections of the rest of the world. We have good networks and ongoing projects with French Guiana, the Netherlands, the USA, and the Caribbean.
Our regular business hours are:
- Monday thru Friday from 08.00 – 16.30
- Saturdays from 08.30 – 13.30
- Thursday Night Feature opening hours from 19.00 – 21.00 hours (every first Thursday of the month)
- Closed on Sundays and local holidays
(Due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns there may be deviations from the above which we usually publish on our Facebook and Instagram pages)
Readytex Art Gallery, founded in 1993, sells and promotes a large variety of fine art created by skilled and talented Surinamese artists. The gallery is located in a four-story, beautifully renovated historical building, formerly the residence of the Issa ancestors of the Readytex founders. With the functional stone addition in the rear, the building is architecturally and historically speaking, a striking balance between the old and the new. It is also the perfect backdrop for the meaningful and engaging works of art produced by our highly ambitious partner artists.
Readytex Art Gallery stocks a diverse collection of upwards of 1000 artworks including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and many other forms of mixed media art and installations. The works of art are continuously displayed throughout our gallery in regularly rotating exhibitions and in special feature events with openings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on the first Thursday of each month. These monthly events include a number of high profile large solo exhibitions in which a featured core artist presents his/her latest art collection, as well as regular Thursday-Night-Features. These highly diverse TNF’s can include mixed or themed gallery exhibitions as well as interesting special presentations by core artists, local or international guest artists, and a variety of art professionals.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we temporarily don’t organize the TNF’s.
As the intermediary between artist and collector, Readytex Art Gallery places equal value on the interests of both parties. In addition to supporting the development of the artist, we also contribute to the development of the art market. A more aware and informed art market, an increase in the number of buyers and art collectors, and artists who are capable of growing professionally, are all factors that work to the benefit of all stakeholders involved.
The efforts of Readytex Art Gallery extend far beyond the borders of Suriname. Through our web, Facebook and Instagram presence and through various valuable international relationships and collaborations, we present and promote our partner artists in the rest of the world. Whereas we currently enjoy and nurture longstanding productive relationships within French Guiana, the Netherlands, the Caribbean region and the USA, we also aim to subsequently extend our platform to other markets in South- and North America, Europe, the Middle East and potentially the Far East.
Due to our efforts many of our committed artists have successfully participated in various international collaborations, exhibitions and artist-in-residence programs. Through these, the artists and the gallery continually strengthen and expand their international networks.
Readytex Art Gallery stocks a diverse collection of upwards of 1000 artworks including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and many other forms of mixed media art and installations. Artworks in our collection can range in dimensions from small, to medium and large, and in styles from figurative, to abstract and anything in between. We represent artists who create contemporary and challenging socially engaged works of art, as well as artists who are inspired by the cultural, natural and social environments in Suriname and abroad.
All artworks from our collection are available for immediate purchase in our gallery, as well as from our website.
Since the Readytex Art Gallery website includes all works in storage, it is also a valuable tool for collectors interested in work from a particular artist, or for clients who want to get a preliminary idea of the artworks available before deciding on a specific purchase.
Our services include, by appointment:
• Guided viewing of the extensive collection in our stock room
• Viewing of potential purchases in your own home or business environment
• Delivery and installation by our professional team
• Shipping and export arrangements for international clients or recipients
For companies or establishments that are not interested in investing in one immediate, large art purchase, we offer our art lease service. For a fixed monthly rental fee, we can enhance the assigned workspace with works of art that speak well to the client, the employees, the company, the interior as well as the desired character and ambiance. In close collaboration with the client, we put together the most fitting collection for the designated space. This service is particularly suitable for companies, hotels and other institutions in the service industries that wish to allocate monthly funds within their budget for investments in art, because they recognize the significant role art plays in creating an inviting and ambient environment and an inspiring workspace
Art Consulting Services
Individuals or companies who are interested in investing in art, often desire professional advice in making the right choice. As art gallery we have many years of extensive experience in installing art in a variety of spaces. At the same time we have significant knowledge and understanding of the Surinamese art market and are well informed of the trajectory and the career perspectives of almost all local artists.
Because of this we are well equipped as gallery to offer professional advice to the collector who, while buying a beautiful piece of art, would also like the assurance that he/she is making a wise investment.