Dhiradj Ramsamoedj

I believe that every person, no matter how well you think you know them, is in essence a mystery to anyone but themselves

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj graduated from the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in 2004. He also successfully completed his teachers’ education and currently teaches art at a secondary school in Paramaribo, Suriname.

As a beginning artist he preferred working with oil on canvas and a palette knife as his tool, but now he also paints in acrylics, which he applies with a brush. Ordinary Surinamese people, their daily circumstances and struggles, as well as memories from his past and the mysterious nature of man, are important themes in his work. His works are also increasingly becoming critical commentaries on controversial social and political issues affecting Surinamese society today. He also creates three-dimensional art, and his textile sculptures made from hundreds of pieces of culturally inspired cloth, have become quite popular.

In 2009 he spent three months at the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ in Amsterdam as guest lecturer. Dhiradj’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Suriname, the Netherlands, the USA, Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba. Dhiradj has been an artist-in-residence in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011, and in Aruba in 2013.

In 2016 Dhiradj also spent 2 months in France as an artist-in-residence at the ‘Cité des arts internationale’ in Paris. In 2019 the artist had a large solo exhibition at Readytex Art Gallery in which he displayed a surprising new collection of mixed media paintings and sculptures.

 

Work Experiences

  • 2017 Commissioned to create a wall sculpture for the French Embassy, Suriname
  • 2016 Artist-in-residence for 3 months at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France
  • 2016 – Now: Art Teacher at Institute for educational training IOL, Suriname
  • 2013 Residency: Caribbean Linked 2, Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba
  • 2011 Artist-in-residence for a special project at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • 2008 Design and Presentation of plastic bottle installation, commissioned by NGO Forum

Exhibitions

  • 2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
  • 2020 Cultural Encounters: Art of Asian diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean, 1945-Present, Kalamazoo Institute, Michigan, USA
  • 2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2019 Solo ‘Little Thank You’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 Kalá ká Anubhava 3, Lallarookh, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 2018 25 years Anniversary exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 Suriname Art Expo 2017, Umana Yana, Georgetown, Guyana
  • 2017 Exhibition celebrating 180 yrs Theater Thalia, Theater Thalia, Suriname
  • 2016 Exhibition and presentation within the framework of residency at ‘Cité Internationale des Arts’ in Paris, RAG, Suriname
  • 2016 Anansi, open studio of artist in residency at ‘Cité Internationale des Arts’, Paris, France
  • 2015 Solo exhibition “IN MY MIND’S EYE”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname