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'It is my inner strength that keeps me in balance as a woman artist'

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 search of her own way in life, or disappearing traditional dance styles from Suriname. In the patchwork series of maroon women, the traditional patchwork style of geometric shapes consisting of straight and slanted lines is manifested in several contrasting colors. Additionally there are other types of paintings such as that of the young maroon woman with traditionally braided hairstyle, chasing a blawtyie (Surinamese bird) from a banana bunch or that of her daughter Muriel enjoying a handful of bamie(Indonesian noodle dish). Kitling has also been known to do nature scenes such as birds in flight. Up until now her paintings have been realistic in style with a lot of attention to the ornamental while at the same time giving a unique expressive interpretation of the visual aspects of different cultures. She is presently in the process of focusing more on giving expression to the internal aspects of various cultures. The art of Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi attests to the fact that she is one of the Surinamese people who support the cause of sustainable development of the rich culture and nature of her homeland.

Discover more on Kit-Ling on her website http://kitlingtjonpiangi.net/

Read: Self-portrait of the artist speaking in the third person

  http://www.nyu.edu/calabash/vol4no1/vol4no1/0401072.pdf 



Working experience:
2014 Art event the Giant painting, painting installed at JAPIN international airport, Zanderij, Suriname
2012 Artist talk art project with installation of artworks at Cultural Center Nickerie, Suriname
2011 Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
1998 - Now Secretary of the FVAS, in charge of project management of Art Projects, public lectures
1988 - Now Visual artist: Painting and Drawing, Video & Video installation since 2005, Multi disciplinary art projects since 1996

Exhibitions:
2016 Thursday Night Feature "Caged", Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2016-2017 One Bare Foot Square Uncooked traveling art project, Different Countries
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Solo exhibition "Short Stories", Surinaams Museum at Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 Heritage Festival, Ft Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
2011 Les Surinamaises aux cimaises (with Sri Irodikromo), Galerie L' Encadrier, Cayenne, French Guiana
2010 Vredig, Vrij en Vriendelijk, De Hal, Paramaribo,Suriname
2010 Colourful Friendship, Queens Park Gallery, Barbados





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Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi

Readytex Art Gallery verhuisd
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
"Short Stories" Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Readytex Art Gallery at NK 09
Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi "The strength of women"
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
The Woman Artist Installation by Kit-Ling
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Open house 2005


Birth place:
Suriname

Education:
1972 - 1976 Advanced Teacher Training Institute in Paramaribo - MO-A degree (Visual Art & Art Education) I.O.L., Paramaribo, Suriname
1976 - 1979 Academy in Tilburg - MO-A and MO-B degree (Visual Art & Art Education), the Netherlands
2005 Academy for Higher Art and Culture Education (AHKCO), Suriname in co-operation with the Sandberg Institute, the Netherlands, Workshop 'theoneminutes' (short video-film)
2005 - 2006 SFA, Surinamese Film Academy, Camera, Light and Lighting, Suriname


Award:
2001 First Prize at the Surifesta Art Poster Contest 2001
Work of Kit-Ling was selected for book illustrations, several calenders and stamps.
2012 Featured Visual Artist within the Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.
2013 Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Studies, awarded by the society for Caribbean Studies in the UK.



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