John Lie A Fo was educated at the ‘Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten’ in Antwerp, Belgium and the ‘Vrije Academie’ in The Hague, the Netherlands, and currently lives in French Guiana. Lie A Fo paints on canvas, on paper, creates objects and is also skilled in various art printing techniques. The artist is particularly interested in the traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples and the maroons.
In his art he incorporates several elements from these traditional cultures, but he is particularly fascinated by the unique balance that exists between the natural and the spiritual world within these communities. Rituals and all related traditional implements and artifacts from the indigenous and the maroon tribes are the main themes in the majority of his art. In addition to the traditional cultures of his tropical surroundings, John Lie A Fo is also fascinated by its beautiful nature. From November 2012 until February 2013 there was a large retrospective exhibition, including a beautiful catalogue, about Lie A Fo in SaintLaurent du Maroni in French Guiana.
In French Guiana, the artist is also intensely involved with EMEGA, an organization that uses art education to help integrate disabled children in their communities. After 35 years John Lie A Fo reinvigorated his artistic relationship with Suriname through a large solo-exhibition at Readytex Art Gallery in 2017.
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