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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:
1979 - 1987 Art teacher at the "Miranda College" Senior High School and
the Surinamese Pedagogic Institute;
Art lecturer at the Advanced Teacher Training Institute;
Specialist for the Project “Renewal Curriculum Primary Education”.

Exhibitions:
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Expo 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Short Stories (Solo), 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 (w/Sri Irodikromo), Galerie l' Encadrier, Cayenne, French Guiana
2010 Vredig, Vrij en Vriendelijk, De Hal, Paramaribo,Suriname
2010 Colourful Friendship, Queens Park Gallery, Barbados
2010 7th Biennale du Marronage, Matoury, French Guiana
2010 Cityoneminutes, Shanghai, China
2009 The Strength of Women (Solo) w/bookpresentation, VAT-building, Suriname
2008 World Oneminutes Beijing 2008, Today Art Museum, Beijing China
2008 Salon Dibujo, Museo del Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic





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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 - (Fine Arts) I.O.L. Paramaribo, Suriname
1976 - 1979 Academy Tilburg, the Netherlands
2005 Academie voor Hoger Kunst en Cultuur Onderwijs, AHKCO, Suriname in cooperation with the Sanberg Instituut, the Netherlands, Workshop 'theoneminutes' (short video-film)
2005-2006 SFA, Surinaamse Film Academie. Camera Licht en Belichting


Award:
Surifesta 2001 Art Poster Contest: First Prize


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