Rosaria, Suzette

Rosaria, Suzette


Her paintings are colorful and imaginative. She depicts mostly women, surrounded by a variety of symbols like the sun, cactuses and all kinds of small animals. The public appreciates her work for its bright, joyfull colors and its apparent lightheartedness.

Suzet Rosaria (1965) was born and raised in Curaçao. In the course of her high school years one of her teachers recognized her talent and encouraged her to apply at the fine arts academy in the Netherlands. During the seventeen years that she stayed abroad, she maintained a strong bond with her native island. Her roots are so firmly planted in Curacao that during her training at the arts academy, she would never paint the picturesque Dutch mills, farmhouses or the canals. Instead she prefered Caribbean scenes, related to her youth in the tropics. She finally returned to Curaçao in 2001 and has since been exhibiting and participating in events with regularity.

She developed her colorful style in her last year at the arts academy. Her paintings are filled with people, mostly women. The figures are often accompanied by an array of plants and small animals originating from a childhood spent in her grandmother’s garden. Suzet applies them as symbols, to emphazise the role of women in the community. Because she grew up observing women’s strength, their ability to endure hardships, meanwhile maintaining their positivity.

As an artist she transfers these experiences to the canvas. Suzet uses cactuses as a symbol for the hardships of life. A lobster refers to the many tasks women carry out. The bright sun denotes a woman’s positive attitude because after rain or storm, the sun will always shine again. Ultimately, this is the message she wants to disclose through her work. The unfailing ability of women to endure, care and overcome.

Interesting from this aspect is also the series of objects she made titled Korona di Kabes (Crowns for the head). These were exhibited in the Curaçao Museum during the exhibition Antepasado di Futuro (Forefathers of the Future) in 2010. By creating the Crown series, inspired by the intricate Afro-Caribbean hairstyles, she offered a recognition to the Afro-Caribbean female. A tribute to strong Caribbean women like her mother and grandmother, but also to womanhood.


1994 – 1997 Ichtus Academy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1989 – 1993 Fine Arts Academy, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1986 – 1989 Amsterdam Academy, the Netherlands.

2013: Text by Josée Thissen-Rojer.



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Group exhibitions
2012 Dugudugu, be mine!, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

2012 International Women’s Day, Gallery Kas di Kultura, Curaçao.

2012 A Breast or Two, Mon Art Gallery, Curaçao.

2011 Open Atelier Route, Curaçao.

2010 Nos Muhenan [Our Women], Gallery Kas di Kultura, Curaçao.

2009 Dependensha, Landhuis Knip, Curaçao.

2007 It’s all about women. International Women’s Day, Curaçao.

2006 Celebration, by Arte Vishon, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao.

2006 Opening Gallery Alma Blou in Landhuis Habaai, Curaçao.

2005 Oraño na Plata: Hulanda mi ta bai, Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.

2004 VeneArteÇao, World Trade Center, Curaçao.

2002 Curaçao Art Festival, Landhuis Jan Kok, Curaçao.

2001 Wereldkleuren, Museum Hillesluis, Rotterdam, Curaçao.

2000 Kunst de deur uit, Het Tramhuis, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

2000 Eva, International Women’s Day, Het Tramhuis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2000 Antillen in Nederland [The Antilles in the Netherlands], World Art Foundation, Delft, the Netherlands.

1999 Stichting Samenspel op Maat, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

1999 Public Library, The Hague, the Netherlands.

1995 Poetry Park (Dunya Festival) Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

1993 Gallery Spiegeling, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1993 Amstelveen Cultural Center, the Netherlands.

1993 Neighborhood center de Zevensprong, Hoogvliet, the Netherlands.

1993 Grafiekwinkel de Inkt, the Hague, the Netherlands.

1993 Public Library, Bijlmermeer, the Netherlands.

1990 Fine Arts Academy Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1990 Amstelveen, Cutural Center, the Netherlands.

Solo exhibitions
2009 Fusion of Life, Gallery Alma Blou, Curaçao.

2005 Solo ta duna bida koló, Galley Alma Blou, Curaçao.

2001 De wereld van de vrouw [A Woman’s World], Museum Hillesluis, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Dutch Caribbean Art Diary, (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), Mon Art Productions, Curaçao.

Rooy, Felix de & Smit, Jennifer. (2012). Curaçao Classics. Visual Arts 1900-2010. Antepasado di Futuro. Amsterdam: Kit Publishers & Curaçao: Stichting Arte ’99. p. 114