Reinier Asmoredjo

My greatest source of inspiration is the cycle of life, birds, flowers, fruit, people, especially women, all have symbolic significance in the theme of my work.

Reinier Asmoredjo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the ‘Academie voor Hoger Kunst en Cultuur Onderwijs’ (AHKCO) in Suriname. He is recently retired from his career as an art teacher in secondary school in Paramaribo. The artist’s greatest source of inspiration is the cycle of life. Of special significance and strong symbolic meaning in his work therefore, are circles, often represented in the sun, fruit, or the female form, all elements critical to positive energy, fertility and ultimately the cycle of life. Animals such as fish and birds are often present as symbols of freedom.

The artist is also greatly inspired by the fascinating diversity of cultures in Suriname. Maroon women in traditional garb, dancing or at work, traditional elements and women from his own Javanese background are particular favorites in his work. His compositions are carefully thought out and sketched in advance, and the artist owns a fascinating collection of sketchbooks that catalogue drawn miniatures of basically all of his creations.

Although his work is mostly figurative, Asmoredjo is also known for the more stylized and abstract paintings that he likes to create every now and then.

Work Experiences

  • 2014 – Present: Working as illustrator for the Surinamese Department of Education (Curriculum Development)
  • 2001- 2004: Member of the association of visual artists in suriname (ABKS)
  • 2001: Teacher at the Academy for Higher Art and Culture Education (AHKCO)
  • 1999 – Present: Member of the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS)
  • 1995 – 2014: Art teacher at the secondary school ‘Algemene Middelbare School’ (AMS), Paramaribo, Suriname

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 TNF ‘Special Art Gifts’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 Position 125 presents Campuran, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2018 25 years Anniversary of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of December ‘Special Gift Edition’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2016 Solo ‘Round & Around’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2015 Position 125, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname