For many years René Tosari equally divided his time between the two countries of Suriname and the Netherlands, in both of which he has been very active in the arts. In 2014 however, he permanently moved to Suriname, the country of his birth.
Many who remember Tosari from the beginning of his art career remember him for his graphic work as well as his politically and socially motivated work of the seventies and eighties. Although related themes occasionally do reappear, the work from this artist has in recent years mostly taken a different course. Tosari describes himself as an experimental artist, an artist who aims to achieve something unique in each new creation and who ultimately tries to achieve a higher level of skill in every work of art he creates.
The artist is especially well known for his unique style and technique. He combines oils and acrylic paints, give his paintings a unique texture and a mystical appearance. Tosari often expresses his concern for the environment in his paintings. Animals and nature play an important role and in his compositions the artist combines them with self conceived symbols and other organic shapes. Some examples are the hummingbird because of its role in cross-pollination, the ‘maripaboto’ representing the protest of traditional communities against the infringing modern world, a spade, a cow and other signs which are reminiscent of his previous politically oriented work. Typical for Tosari is also the way in which he outlines his figures with contrasting lines. For his last solo exhibition in 2010, he took special interest in the signs and symbols from old original communities from all over the World. In his research he went all the way back to the origins of mankind, to the origins of human artistic expressiveness in all its fascinating diversity. He combined these mostly abstract signs and symbols from different times and different cultures with elements from his own artistic signature, and created compositions which express their own universal visual language.
1998 - 2001
Teacher Culture Education BK
1994 - 1999
Teacher Visual Art
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal Worldwide, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, Readytex Art Gallery group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Expo 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 De verleiding van Coronie, The Hague, the Netherlands
2010 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Kunst is Kracht, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Dicht bij de oorsprong, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2009 National Art Fair, Paramaribo Suriname