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'Fascination for rainforest tribes'

John Lie A Fo is particularly interested in the traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples and the maroons and has in fact done quite a bit of research on the subject. In his art he incorporates several elements from these traditional cultures, but he is especially fascinated by the unique balance between the natural and the spiritual World in these traditional communities. Rituals and all related traditional implements and artifacts from the Indigenous - and the Maroon tribes are the main theme in the majority of his art.

The style is usually abstract and the execution impulsive, sometimes even appearing almost childlike, but the compositions always have a profound and powerful effect.

He paints on canvas and on paper with acrylic paint and other multimedia techniques, primarily of the spiritual rites of the maroon communities in the interior of Suriname. Bottles, snakes, sculptures and other spiritual objects and artifacts, tell the magical stories of a World where natural and the spiritual aspects are undeniably interwoven.

Not only the traditional cultures of his tropical surroundings keep John Lie A Fo occupied however, but also its beautiful nature has his special attention. The precarious relationship between man and nature is often also portrayed in his art.

2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 Solo exhibition "Kumbat'tey", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 In memoriam Wim Vromans, Galerie Peter Bax, Sneek, Holland
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique
2012 Solo exhibition "Retrospective", Camp de la Transportation Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana
2012 Reavealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 Galerie l' Encadrier, Cayenne, French Guiana
2010 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2010 Kunst is kracht, Readytex Art Gallery in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname

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John Lie-A-Fo

Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
"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"
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Solo Exhibition of John Lie A Fo "Kumbat'tey"
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Mini feature John Lie-A-Fo
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
15 june 1945

Birth place:
Suriname, Paramaribo

Koninklijke academie voor Schone Kunsten-Antwerpen, Belgie
Vrije Academie, Den Haag, Nederland

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