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'I like to experiment with several materials, styles and techniques and never limit myself to a predetermined plan during my creative processes'

Kenneth Flijders received his education at the ‘Nieuwe School voor Beeldende Kunsten’ in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. He works as an artist and until 2015, as an art teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Suriname.

Flijders is greatly inspired by elements and events from daily life in the multicultural Surinamese society. He also finds great pleasure in painting peaceful and pristine natural landscapes from our rich tropical rainforest. He is unequivocally attracted to the beauty of Surinamese nature and also has a special affinity for the old and historical. He is known to regularly incorporate historical themes and materials in his work. He occasionally repurposes shutters and doors from old deserted or condemned wooden buildings, into meaningful works of art.

The artist is also quite famous for his impressive large-scale paintings, sometimes historical, in which he depicts popular spots in Paramaribo’s down town area. As an artist fond of experimenting, Flijders works in several materials, styles and techniques, and has become quite well known for incorporating mahogany extract and natural palm fibers in his work.

In 2015 Kenneth Flijders was an artist-in-residence at the Tembe Art Studio (TAS) in Moengo in the district of Marowijne, Suriname.

Working experience:
2014: Visual Arts teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, Paramaribo, Suriname.

In 1999, together with 4 colleague painters under the name of "Wan Nyun Mamanten" , Kenneth Flijders created a large group painting which was representative of the rush towards the new millennium at that time. This painting is on display at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Suriname.

2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2019 TNF of December 'Special Art Gifts', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2019 TNF of March 'Open House', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 RAG also open during National Art Fair, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2018 25 years Anniversary of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of August 'Pe un’ moksi kon na wan', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of June 'Mahogany Tree', Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Suriname
2011 l'Encadrier Galerie, Cayenne, French Guyana

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Kenneth Flijders

Manifesto group exhibition Alakondre, Wi Tru Fesi
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"
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
TNF 3 Augustus : Pe un’ moksi kon na wan
Thursday Night Feature with Kenneth Flijders
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
Inspiration, solo exhibit Kenneth Flijders
Fernandes goes art with Readytex Art gallery
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Mini feature of Kenneth Flijders
Craft and Souvenir Installation by Kurt Nahar
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
11 november 1956

Birth place:

1990 -1992: Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, Jamaica
Completed in 1987: New School for Visual Arts, Suriname

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