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'Ik heb u lief !!! (I love each and every one of you)'

Soeki Irodikromo studied art at the CCS ‘School voor Beeldende Kunsten’ in Suriname and at the ‘Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was also trained in Ceramics in the Netherlands and in Batik at the ‘Academi Seni Rupa Indonesia’ in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Soeki has been teaching ceramics for many years, starting first from his home in Paramaribo, but currently from the ‘Soeki Irodikromo Volksacademie voor Kunst en Cultuur’, of which he is one of the founders.

The main artistic driving force of Soeki Irodikromo, in his paintings, ceramics as well as in his previous batik work, is without a doubt the spectacular cultural and ethnic diversity present in Suriname. His work is colorful, exuberant and skillfully infused with rhythm and movement. Dance and other typical cultural manifestations, complete with corresponding symbolisms, attributes and objects, from various cultures including his own Javanese background, are his main sources of inspiration. In his work he brings them all together, thus presenting and promoting the cultural fusion that he so strongly advocates.

In 2018 the artist traveled to Indonesia to revisit, to explore, and to introduce his children to the land of their ancestors and to the place where he received an important part of his art education. It was a profound cultural experience that inspired several of the new works in Soeki’s solo-exhibition MURNI in August that same year.

Working experience:
- Founder of the Soeki Irodikromo Folk Academy for Art and Culture in Suriname
- Teacher in highschool
- Batik workshops
- Member of Artists collective "Waka Tjopu"
- Member of Federation for Visual Artists in Suriname (FVAS)
- Co-founder of the Association of Visual Artists in Suriname (ABKS)
- Teacher in Painting and Ceramics
- Monument for the commemoration of 100 years Javanese Immigration
- Monument regarding the New Millennium in 2002, Lelydorp, Suriname

2019 TNF of December 'Special Art Gifts', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 Exhibition 25 years RAG, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of August 'Pe un’ moksi kon na wan', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2016 Group exhibiton 'Tri Murni', Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao
2015 Solo exhibition 'Bigi Yari' Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Art without Borders, from Suriname to Curaçao, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao
2014 Unleashed, 30 years ABKS, De Hal, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, Readytex Art Gallery/De Hal, Paramaribo
2011 Heritage Festival, Ft. Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname

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Soeki Irodikromo

Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
‘Open House’ in November at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in July at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in May at Readytex Art Gallery
'‘Open House'' in March at Readytex Art Gallery
"Special Gift Edition" at Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday-Night-Feature with Open-Mic during NK
Readytex Art Gallery also open during NK 2018
Animals inspire our next Thursday-Night-Feature
"Open House at Readytex Art Gallery"
Solo Exhibition " MURNI " of Soeki Irodikromo
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
TNF 3 Augustus : Pe un’ moksi kon na wan
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Solo Exhibition of Soeki Irodikromo "Bigi Yari"
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Group exhibition "WAT"
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature Soeki Irodikromo and Sri Irodikromo
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
20 june 1945

Birth place:
Pieterszorg district Commewijne, Suriname

1963-1967 CCS School for Visual Arts, Paramaribo, Suriname
1967-1972 Academy of Visual Art, Rotterdam, Holland
1971-1972 Specialized in ceramics, Holland
1979-1980 Batikcourse at the Academy Seni Rupa, Indonesia, Yogyakarta

1979- Currie-prijs voor Kunstn en Wetenschappen voor opmerkelijke
culturele prestaties.
1981- Unicef Award voor het ontwerp van een internationaal postzegel.
1995- Ridder in de Ereorde van de Republic Suriname 2000
De Ware Tijd “Stonfutu grani” in de beeldende kunst
2003- Distinguished Artist of the Carribean on the occasion of Carifesta VIII
2005- Officier in de Ere-Orde van de Gele Ster

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