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'fascination for rainforest tribes'

John Lie A Fo: fascination for rainforest tribes

The closeness of the tribes with nature that live in the rainforest is the fascination that John Lie A Fo expresses in his painting. He works quite realistic, uses primary colors and fades them a little in combination with natural tertiary colors. He has an eclectic taste for painting materials: acryl on linen, gouache on paper, or oil on canvas. The spiritual bond between the Caribbean and rainforest culture is evident in the atmosphere. Scenes from shamans and their rituals with the tribes-people in the forest are like expressive documentaries on nature as well as culture. John Lie A Fo was born in Suriname but after study emigrated to the neighbouring country La Guyane. At least three months a year his art career requires him to be in Europe, where he sells most of his work. Sometimes this could include painted wooden objects and big indigenous pottery as well.  

2013 Expo 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Pigments>Guyanne, Martinique, French Guyana
2012 Retrospective exhibition, solo, Camp de la Transportation Saint-Laurent du Maroni, Guiana
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Reavealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 Galerie l' Encadrier, Cayenne, French Guiana
2010 Kunst is kracht, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Rainforest Festival, Paramaribo, Suriname
2008 Fernandes goes art with Readytex Art Gallery, Fernades Klip, Suriname
2008 Commonalities, IVCC, Paramaribo, Suriname
2007 Mini Feature, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname

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John Lie-A-Fo

Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Mini feature John Lie-A-Fo
Readytex Art Gallery at NK 09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Open house 2005

Birth place:
Suriname, Paramaribo

Koninklijke academie voor Schone Kunsten-Antwerpen, Belgie
Vrije Academie, Den Haag, Nederland

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