Kenneth Flijders

I like to experiment with several materials, styles and techniques and never limit myself to a predetermined plan during my creative processes

Kenneth Flijders received his education at the ‘Nieuwe School voor Beeldende Kunsten’ in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. He works as an artist and until 2015, as an art teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Suriname.

Flijders is greatly inspired by elements and events from daily life in the multicultural Surinamese society. He also finds great pleasure in painting peaceful and pristine natural landscapes from our rich tropical rainforest. He is unequivocally attracted to the beauty of Surinamese nature and also has a special affinity for the old and historical. He is known to regularly incorporate historical themes and materials in his work. He occasionally repurposes shutters and doors from old deserted or condemned wooden buildings, into meaningful works of art.

The artist is also quite famous for his impressive large-scale paintings, sometimes historical, in which he depicts popular spots in Paramaribo’s down town area. As an artist fond of experimenting, Flijders works in several materials, styles and techniques, and has become quite well known for incorporating mahogany extract and natural palm fibers in his work.

In 2015 Kenneth Flijders was an artist-in-residence at the Tembe Art Studio (TAS) in Moengo in the district of Marowijne, Suriname.

Work Experiences

  • 2014: Visual Arts teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Paramaribo, Suriname.
  • In 1999, together with 4 colleague painters under the name of “Wan Nyun Mamanten” , Kenneth Flijders created a large group painting which was representative of the rush towards the new millennium at that time. This painting is on display at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Suriname.

Exhibitions

  • 2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
  • 2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2019 TNF of December ‘Special Art Gifts’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2019 TNF of March ‘Open House’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 RAG also open during National Art Fair, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 25 years Anniversary of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of August ‘Pe un’ moksi kon na wan’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of June ‘Mahogany Tree’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
  • 2011 l’Encadrier Galerie, Cayenne, French Guyan