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Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi

Kit-Ling consequently paints and draws people amidst colorful Surinamese nature and of traditional cultures in an illustrative style. She works with oil and acrylics on canvas and has also done some painting on wood. In essence Kitling has thus created an artistically documented series about the outward manifestations of different non western cultures. For example, a series of women in traditional Creole clothing (koto misi), indigenous youngsters amidst traditional and western culture, a fairy-like portrayal of a woman in...

José Kamps

José Kamps is a versatile artist whose work reflects her love and affinity for Suriname and its age old traditions. Life as it was in the years before, when charming colonial houses on quiet tree lined streets were the predominant feature of city life in Paramaribo. Peace and quiet, being able to hear the subtle sounds of nature such as animals scurrying around, the rustling of the leaves in the wind, are aspects of life she greatly appreciates. Trees and...

Lola Ankarapi

Thousands of kilometers into the jungle lives the small Wayana tribe quite isolated from most other Surinamese. A hand full of their artists make colorful maluana, a round wooden slice painted with mythological figures in four bright contrasting colors referring to the history of the Wayana people. Around them there are circles decorated with small triangles on the edges. For ages the maluana was suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the community hut and was made from...

Dona (Danasion), Akobe

Raised by his grandmother in the village Akisiamauw in district Sipaliwini, Dona (Danasion Akobe, 1971) just like every other child from maroon villages in those days, is exposed to the traditional craft of woodcarving (Tembe) from an early age. With some simple tips from his grandmother he starts experimenting with the techniques of Tembe and soon discovers that he possesses a keen knack for the craft.  His father was a great ‘Tembe-man’ and although Dona did not learn the skill...

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