Reinier Asmoredjo 

(Suriname, b. 1962)

 

Reinier Asmoredjo was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, to a family of Javanese descent. He completed his studies at the Academy of Art and Culture Higher Education in Paramaribo in 1989, and in 1995 took on a teaching position at Algemene Middelbare School. In 2001, he began work as a professor at the Academy of Art and Culture. 

 

Asmoredjo’s brushstrokes, full of color and energy, share similarities with those of Cuban artist Wifredo Lam, also part of this exhibition. Asmoredjo's canvases are full circles, which variously serve as symbols of the sun, fertility, and the eternal cycle of life. Woman, as a principle of eternal energy, is a frequent theme of his work; another is the cultural richness of Suriname. As he explains:  “Maroon women in traditional garb, dancing or at work, traditional elements from my own Javanese background, are particular favorites in my work.” 

 

Asmoredjo joined the Association of Visual Artists in Suriname in 1999, and the Association of Fine Art in Suriname in 2011. He has exhibited extensively in Suriname at the Readytex Art Gallery.