HEILBRON~Ron. Portrait of an art worker.
Author: Baldewsingh~Rabin S. Publisher: Stichting KROSBE Rotterdam Year: 1995 Artist: HEILBRON~Ron ISBN: 90-72200-05-5
Paperback, folio, 1st ed. 52 pages, Dutch / English, RARE Condition: very good.
Ro Heilbron (1938 – 2014) Ronald George Heilbron was born in Paramaribo on December 6, 1938. He learned the technique of the graphic company (types, layout, photography) in various printing works in Paramaribo. In the newspaper De Ware Tijd he made the drawings for the comic Return to the Grave with text by Celsius Tjong A Kiet. At the School of Fine Arts of Nola Hatterman he meets several other Surinamese artists (Armand Baag, Ruben Karsters, Jules Chin A Foeng, Errol Flu), but he soon left school. Under the encouragement of Erwin de Vries he went his own artistic way and in 1963 he had his own first exhibition at hotel Torarica in Paramaribo. He worked for the newspaper De Vrije Stem, before working as an order-preparer and graphic draughtsman at the Eldorado printing company. In 1968 he became manager at printing company Inalca and also editor-in-chief of De Volksbode. From 1964 to 1970 he and his wife, Jeanet Callender, released the youth magazine yes. In 1970 Ro Heilbron went to the Netherlands, where he worked for several printing works. At the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts he is skilled in ceramic techniques. With the support of the Sticusa, he holds his first exhibition in Rotterdam in 1971, with great regularity the exhibitions follow each other, in the Netherlands, Suriname, Sweden and West Germany. Together with Wim Gerritsen, he opened galerie Solidair in Rotterdam in 1976, which will continue until 1986. In addition to his own creative work, Heilbron also produces a lot of graphic work in the service of others: pamphlets, maps, calendars, layout of magazines, books and CD cases, and he also designs stagedécors. Heilbron worked both in oil paint (on canvas and wood panels) and with printing ink on canvas. Heilbron painted figuratively and his work was very much in keeping with the often 'primitive', colourful way of proposing with which, for example, haiti's painting has become so well known. Initially, he focused on socio-political topics such as poverty, hunger and oppression in the world, and birth and death. In the 1970s, the woman was frequently added as the object of his works and his work sometimes got magical-realistic traits. Under the influence of the 'revolution' in Suriname in 1980, he focused on topics from Latin American history (resistance struggle, Indians, maroons). In 1987 he did not stand a chance in the Gerrit Jan Mulderstraat in Delfshaven. After 1993, his work became freer and reality – although mostly still somewhat recognizable – became the starting point for a more abstract imagination. From the late 1990s he regularly stayed in the Windward Antilles where he worked, taught and exhibited. [information from Wikipedia]
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