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'Art to me is more than just the painting of a “pretty picture” but more importantly a social responsibility. It is my opportunity as an artist and ultimately my responsibility as a human being to convey an important social message to the rest of the world.'

My art is influenced by the things that I value most in my direct surroundings.
Man and nature; the interaction between man, animal and nature are a constant source of inspiration for me. With my art I hope to instill awareness within the public that we as humans should treat nature with respect. We need to realize that the rich rainforest we live in is truly the life support system of the world and that instead of destroying it we should value and protect it.
With the different shapes and vivid colors intertwined or overlapping each other I aim to portray the interconnection between and the harmonious way people, flora and fauna should interact. Art to me is more than just the painting of a “pretty picture”, but more importantly a social responsibility. It is my opportunity as an artist and ultimately my responsibility as a human being to convey an important social message to the rest of the world.
One of my latest series deal for example with the issue of the gold rush which is increasingly threatening the environment and large areas of the rainforest in Suriname. Although I recognize the economic potential the gold sector has for our country I try to raise awareness about the long term risks involved for the people, the animals and the environment.


Working experience:
2016 Artist in Residence, Tembe Art Studio, Moengo, Suriname
Until 2014 Head of the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Suriname
Until 2014 Chairman of the FVAS
2009 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, USA
2008 Art design for Surinam Airways menu cards and meal boxes
1977 - Until now Visual artist

He was also involved with National and International drawing competitions of children.
Paticipated with Carifesta IV, V and VI in Suriname

Exhibitions:
2016 Thursday Night Feature "Environmentally Oriented Project", Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, 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 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Solo exhibition "Goudkoorts", RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Circus Terminal, Philadelphia, USA
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
2012 Circus Terminal, international touring exhibition starting in London, UK





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Rinaldo Klas

TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Readytex Art Gallery verhuisd
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
Solo Exhibition ''Goudkoorts'' Rinaldo Klas
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Artists participating in international exhibitions
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Craft and Souvenir Installation by Kurt Nahar
Mini feature Rinaldo Klas
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005


Date of birth:
23 february 1954

Birth place:
Moengo

Education:
New School For Visual Arts
Appendix Art Course in Venezuela
Two Year Art Course at the Edna Manley School of Arts in Kingston Jamaica
Four month Art Course at the "Vrije Academy voor Beeldende kunsten" in the Hague Netherlands



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