Marcel Pinas (1971, Pelgrimkondre, Marowijne Suriname) studied at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy (Suriname); the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 2010 he founded the Tembe Art Studio to share his experience and knowledge with the Surinamese community, starting in Moengo, in his birth district Marowijne, followed by the opening of the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo (CAMM) in July 2011. The themes and formal characteristics of Pinas’ work derive from the Maroon culture of Suriname, particularly his own N’dyuka Maroon community. Pinas produces installations and large scale works for public places, as well as mixed media paintings. His contribution to the Jamaica Biennial 2017 is an installation project that reinterprets the Maroon tradition of sharing food with the Ancestors in a contemporary context. Pinas lives in Suriname.