Kurt Nahar received his art education at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and the Performing arts in Jamaica. The artist is currently a teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy himself.
Kurt Nahar uses his art to express his thoughts and emotions on various subjects related to questionable social and political circumstances in Suriname and in other countries worldwide, in a bold and often confrontational manner. By doing so he hopes to increase awareness, to break the trend of silent acceptance and to ultimate stimulate discussion. His technique is inspired by the methods of his predecessors from the era of Dadaism. The use of collage techniques and simple objects are characteristic for his art.
Kurt has participated in exhibitions in various countries, and has enjoyed residencies at art institutes such as Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, all in the USA, the ‘Rijksakademie’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2018, he joined the Miami based artist team of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) in their yearly international cultural exchange project (ICE) in Jamaica. In 2019 he participated in the critical exhibition Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora art from the creole city at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington DC.
2020: Cultural Currents III, International exchange with DVCAI, Guadeloupe
2019: Art project ‘Chapeau EMEGA’, Cayenne, French Guiana
2018: International Cultural Exchange project with DVCAI, Jamaica
2016: Artist-in-residence at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, USA
2014: ‘XI Bienal De Pintura Mural Internos’, Santiago de Cuba
2011: Artist-in-residence at VUB, Belgium
2008: Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
1993 - 1998: Different Drawing Projects in Suriname
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2020 Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, Harvey B. Gantt Center, for African-American Art & Culture, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
2019 Booth of DVCAI at a satellite exhibition in Breakwater Hotel, Miami Beach, USA
2019 Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Washington DC, USA
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 TNF of September "Residency New Orleans", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique, French Guyana
2012 Solo "Legally Issued", Galerie Nola Hatterman, Amsterdam, the Netherlands