Marcel Pinas

Special commissions

Tropen Museum  Amsterdam 2008 Moiwana Monument, district Marowijne, Surinam 2006 Reconnecting Africa Permanent Installation, Tropen Museum , the Netherlands

2005 First Prize for exterior Installation Beweyger Wind, Sachenberg, Germany
2010 Honored Young Globla leader, World Economic Forum, Genève, Switzerland
2000 Business Finance Award, Utrecht, Netherlands
1999 Top student Edna Marley College for Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica

Galerie Beddington Fine Art Bargemon 83830 Var France
Smith Davidson Gallery Amsterdam, Netherlands

3rd Edition of the Moengo Arts Festival
Pan Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ivan Chevillotte in collaboration with Beddington Fine Art  'Kibri a Kulturu', 'Preserve the Culture', Munich, Germany

Sitelines Unsettled Landscapes, Santa Fe U.S.A

Atelier Michel Fedoroff  in collaboration with Beddington Fine Art Bargemon 83830 Var France

Havana Biennale Cuba

Paintings and Sculptures Beddington Fine Art Gallery and Garden  20th August- 15th 0ctober 2011
Les Sentiers de la Sculpture Polo Club St Tropez
Kibii wi Koni Installations  KKF building June 21 - 28 et Kibii wi Koni Peintures De Hai Suriname June 29 - July 3, 2011

Beddington Fine Art Jardins de la Galerie
Sribi Switi,... Sa e Psa, Puichri Studio, La Hague, Pays-Bas
Paramaribo Span , DSB Bank, Paramaribo, Suriname


Hôtel de Ville, Paris
8 December Public Art Installation, Fort Zeelandia, Suriname
National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
Double Feature Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
Licht aan Zee, Den Helder, the Netherlands
Kibri Wi , Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, the Netherlands
'Kibrii a Kulturu', Gemak, The Hague, the Netherlands
Kréyol Factory, Paris, France
Havana Biennale, Cuba
Wakaman Exhibition Fort Zeelandia , Suriname

2007 - 2008
Fernades goes Art with Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
MK Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Beddington Fine Art Bargemon 22nd March - 26th July 2008
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam , the Netherlands
Open Atelier Rijksacademie, Amsterdam
The Netherlands Latitudes 2007, Paris, France
Foundation Herman Krikhaar Le Cygne, Salernes 10 June - 26 August 2007
‘Kibri a Kulturu’ Magazin Galeria, Ibiza, Baleares
Two year stay in Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
Latitudes 2007 - Terres du monde - 14 December 2007 - 19 January 2008
Infinite Island, Contemporary Carribean Art - Brooklyn Museum New York - 31 August 2007 - 27 January 2008

‘Kibri a kulturu’

‘Kibri a culturu’ or ‘preserve the culture’. This theme is the soul of the work of the Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas. The cultural heritage of the Surinamese maroon community of the N’dyuka, also known as the Aucaners is Marcel Pinas’ source of inspiration as well as his motive.
‘My art is about experiences from the past ; it deals with the destruction of the N’dyuka culture in Surinam; in my work I express that situation, paying attention to the protection of cultures in general. I focus on the N’dyuka because I am a descendant of the N’dyuka of Surinam.
The symbols that play a role in my work are the motifs that are used by the N’dyuka. Decorating tools and implements is an ancient custom ; for example: doors, plates and stools.
The decorative patterns not only make the objects more beautiful; it is also a way of conveying a message - without words to a loved one.
In olden times the decorating techniques were a means of communication, used in particular to get a message to someone close; the decorations also served to distinguish these objects from others. Nowadays only the beautification aspect seems to be important.

‘Visual artist’ Marcel Pinas does still use symbols as a means of communication: he has a message for society and he also sees himself as a safety valve for this society. His art articulates more than merely an individual observation. Pinas: ‘Art’ is very important in any society. ‘Art’ is not only for the rich, it is also for the man in the street. I want to reach the common Surinamese people with my installations and introduce them to modern art. ‘Art’ nurtures the community.

Pinas’ canvasses, which make up the principal part of his work, underline his intention to preserve elements from the N’dyuka culture also in the present day.

Colours which generally have their origin in Surinam’s multi-coloured nature, are liberally applied to the canvas. Significant symbols, parts of implements, pieces of fabric : there is always something extra in the work of Marcel Pinas. The wealth of the culture is reflected by the canvas and leaves it’s mark on the objets d’art’.


On the 22nd of March 1971, Marcel Hendrik Pinas was born in Pelgrimkondre, in the district of Marowijne in North-East Surinam.
I was at boarding school with the friars near Moengo and Moiwana, two villages that played such an important role during the Interior War. There is nothing left of the village he was born in ; ‘Where I grew up,everything is gone. It is like a dream : you see it, but you don’t actually see it. Everything has disappeared due to the civil war’.
‘From my first year in elementary school on, I was at boarding school in Abadukondre with the friars and sisters near Moengo. I would go home one weekend a month. During my years at secondary school in Paramaribo I became even more alienated from my culture ‘Y’e du lek’ wan dyuka !‘ was not something you wanted to hear.

Even as a child Marcel made lots of drawings. At the age of sixteen, he started taking classes at the Nola Hatterman Institute which is closely associated with the Ministry of Education and Community Development. He also studied at the Anton de Kom University (ADEK) and the teacher training institute, both in Surinam.

In 1997, he was granted a scholarship by the Surinam goverment to go to the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing  Arts in Jamaica. For two years he took visual art classes there. He was elected top student of the 1999 graduation class. Pinas also participated in various workshops with foreign artists, both in Surinam and abroad.

In 2002 he was awarded ‘ the Business Finance Art Award ‘ in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, The Netherlands, for being the most outstanding participating artist.

In Germany he won first prize for ‘Moved Wind Art’, a special installation in which Pinas interlaced N’dyuka cultural heritage and the German landscape in a singular manner.
From 1992 until now he has been associated with the Nola Hatterman Institute as artistic staff member.
He regularly exhibits his work both in Surinam and abroad Guiana, French Guiana, Brazil, Jamaica, Trinidad, the United States, Switzerland and Germany are all countries where Pinas’s work has been exhibited. There are plans also to focus even more on national and international Land Art Events in the future.

Marcel’s desire to reach the broadest possible audience with his work (and the message it carries), is easier to fulfil with this type of project :
Marcel Pinas :’The moment the work is placed in a public space the confrontation begins’.

Extract from ‘Kibri a Kulturu’ Marcel Pinas
Uitgever- Publisher
Buro Vlasblomb Art and Projects BV, Benningbroek NL
Marcel Pinas was introduced to Beddington Fine Art by Vincent Vlasblom, Hermann and Helena Krikhaar  who showed his work for the first time  at the Fondation Hermann Krikhaar in Salernes, Var, throughout July and August of this year.
He joined Beddington fine Art in September 2007.

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