Roddney Tjon Poen Gie

With my art I hope to create awareness within the community that with a little bit of creativity and inventiveness a lot can be achieved

Roddney Tjon Poen Gie graduated from the ‘Academie voor Hoger Kunst en Cultuur Onderwijs’ (AHKCO) in Suriname in 1994 with a major in painting and drawing. He is a self-taught sculptor since 1995. He recently retired from the government department of Culture, where he was the supervisor of the State Art Collection.

With his art Roddney hopes to inspire people to be creative and use the wealth of materials that nature has to offer. In his own work, which can alternate between the world of fine art and that of craft making, he often works and experiments with materials from nature, which he processes and manipulates in such a way that the result is a unique art work or artifact. Pits and seeds, clay, bauxite, tropical wood and especially driftwood, are often used materials in his art.

Roddney has been an artist-in-residence at Duende in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA and in 2014 at the Tembe Art Studio in Moengo, Suriname. In November 2017 Roddney participated in ‘Forest Art Guyane’, an art project in a forest in French Guiana, where he and other artists transformed large tree trunks into public art installations.

Work Experiences

  • 2017: Participated in ‘Forest ‘Art Guyane’ in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
  • 2014: Artist-in-residence at Tembe Art Studio (TAS)/ Kibii Foundation, Moengo, Suriname
  • 2009: Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
  • 2004: Project: Federation of Visual Artists in Coronie, Suriname
    – Project: poster design for the physically challenged – Surifesta activity
    – Project: art objects for the elderly – Surifesta activity
    – Self-taught sculptor since 1995

Exhibitions

  • 2019 TNF “Special Art Gifts”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 National Art Fair exhibition in Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 TNF of January “Forest Art Guyane”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of August “Pe un’ moksi kon na wan”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of May “Open House”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 2014 WAT RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 2014 Circus Terminal, International traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
  • 2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 2012 Heritage Festival, Ft. Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
  • 2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
  • 2011 About Change Art Program, World Bank, Washington DC, USA