Rinaldo Klas is an artist whose work reflects his deep concern for nature and the environment. Educated first in Suriname at the ‘Nieuwe School voor Beeldende Kunsten’ and subsequently in Jamaica at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Rinaldo has also gained extensive work and/or artist-in-residence experience in the Netherlands, China, the USA, French Guiana, and also at the Tembe Art Studio (TAS) in Moengo, Suriname. Before his retirement in 2014, Rinaldo was the director of the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Paramaribo and also the chairman of the FVAS (Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname).
With his work Rinaldo Klas urges all of mankind to live in respectful harmony with nature. He does so by creating colorful compositions with acrylic paint on canvas or on paper, in which man, animals and nature are peacefully intertwined. Rinaldo Klas considers it his responsibility as an artist and a human being, to convey an important social message to the rest of the world. In addition to his environmentally inspired figurative paintings, Rinaldo Klas is also known to create striking abstract art works on canvas as well as on paper.
2019 was a busy year for the artist as he spent several months in French Guiana as an artist in residence in St Laurent du Maroni, and also had a large exhibition at Readytex Art Gallery in collaboration with Dutch artist Maartje Jaquet.
2010 Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA
2013 Workshops and presentations within the framework of the Circus Terminal exhibition, Boyertown, Philadelphia, USA
2016 Artist-in-residence at Tembe Art Studio (TAS), Moengo, Suriname
2018 Art project with mentally disabled children in collaboration with EMEGA in Cayenne, French Guiana
2019 Artist-in-residence at Camp de la Transportation, Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
2019 Presentation of work created during residency at Camp de la Transportation, Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
2018 National Art Fair, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 Special presentation about EMEGA project in French Guiana with Leonnie van Eert
2017 TNF of October 'Beastly', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 TNF for Dec 'Environmentally Oriented Project', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016-2017 One Bare Foot Square Uncooked traveling art project, Different Countries
2015 Circus in Terminal 15, international traveling exhibition through the UK
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Solo exhibition "Goudkoorts", RAG in De Hal, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
2012 Circus Terminal, international touring exhibition starting in London, UK