Sunil Puljhun

My work deals with the sadness, the fear, the abuse and the violence that are undeniably a part of many people’s lives in this day and age

Sunil Puljhun received his art education at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname, where he is currently a teacher himself. Early in his career he painted primarily those things he thought of as beautiful, but as his career progressed his focus gradually shifted to more weighty and relevant issues in society. This change was in part inspired by his friendship with the socially and politically, highly critical artist Kurt Nahar.

As Puljhun began to look beyond the surface, his art became darker, literally as well as figuratively. He often focuses on the darker side of human nature, and subjects such as war, greed, man’s hunger for power, poverty and abuse are recurring themes in his art. Puljhun often adds subtle texts and his own specific symbolisms to his work to strengthen the theme. The artist also creates works of art that are a combination of painting and drawing, but collage, the use of stencils, and digital art techniques are also incorporated into his work.

Puljhun has participated in several exhibitions in Suriname and the Netherlands. In 2009 he spent three months at the ‘Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ in the Netherlands as an intern, and in 2014 he was artist-in-residence at the Glo’ Art institute in Lanaken, Belgium.

Work Experiences

  • 2018: Participated in visitor’s program of Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2014: One-Month Residency at Glo’Art in Lanaken, Belgium
  • 2010 & 2011: Traveled to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy as Supervisor with two students for the occasion of the end presentation of final year students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy
  • 2009: Three-month internship at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, The Netherlands
  • 2000 – Now: Teacher at Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Suriname

Exhibitions

  • 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 TNF by Puljhun ‘Nieuw werk en het experiment’, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of November “Frightly”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of May “Open House”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2015 TNF of December “Sunil Puljhun”, Readytex Art Gallery, 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 Heritage Festival, Fort Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
  • 2011 Solo “The weight of darkness”, RAG in De Hal, Suriname