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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

ADIANTE FRANSZOON

ADIANTE FRANSZOON

Artist Work

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cutting board
folding chair
wall hanging
Tables and Cutting Boards
2014-3016
hardwoods,
Varies- tables are average
Swirl Carving Coffee Table or Wall Art
2016
tropical cedar Frame: Peruvian Walnut, Maple, Purple Heart Table Base: Cedar
L 34 ¾ “ W 20 ½” table top or Wall Art w/table stand H 19 ¾”

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
410-598-2849
Artistic Category

Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My goal is to incorporate the Saramacca Maroon style of woodcarving into the contemporary western style of furniture making. I want to make unique objects that my clients will consider heirlooms to hand down to their children. When they speak of my work, they can tell about how each object was crafted, because when I am commissioned to create a piece, I collaborate closely with the client in the decision making process. We work together to create the design, select the wood, and consider the form and function of each object. Only the finest woods, such as teak, mahogany, and tropical cedar are used because of their strength and beauty. Each object becomes unique to the desires of the individual.

Artist Bio

Biography: Adiante Franszoon was born in the interior of Suriname along the Brazilian border. He was raised in the Saramacca Maroon tribe, in one of many communities established by former slaves who moved from the coast of Suriname to the Amazon rain forest in the early 1700s. He learned to carve when he was a young boy growing up in the village of Dangogo. He came to the United States in the early 1970s to get an American education. He presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where he carries on the traditional Maroon carving of his ancestors. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Black History Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

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