Toestanden in Suriname, by Martin Ruijters
Toestanden in Suriname

Dutch painter and retired drawing teacher Martin Ruijters is the father of underground cartoonist and graphic novelist Marcel Ruijters. The elder Ruijters made his own debut as a comics artist with autobiographical comic books like 'Toestanden in Suriname' (2011) and 'De Iconoclast' (2013).

Ruijters was born in 1938 in Daniken, near Geleen, in the province of Limburg. The countryside boy grabbed the opportunity to expand his world view by fulfilling his military service in Suriname, which was then still a Dutch colony. There, he developed a keen interest in the jungle and the culture of the Indian and Maroon populations. Back in civilian life, Ruijters initially became a house painter, like his father before him. He subsequently worked in the Mosa ceramics factory in Maastricht for a couple of years before landing a job as a drawing teacher on a technical school.

He retired from this profession after 30 years, after which he devoted all his time to landscape painting. Especially the Limburg hills and villages have been fruitful sources of inspiration. At this point, Ruijters' son Marcel had established himself as an award-winning comics artist, who has earned international acclaim with medieval-themed graphic novels. Martin Ruijters followed in his son's footsteps, and made his debut with a comics chronicle of his experiences in Suriname, called 'Toestanden in Suriname' (2011). It was published in black-and-white by the TRIS Contacten foundation. A re-edition in color is planned for 2019. He subsequently made a comics report of his cycling tours in the Limburg environment, called 'De Iconoclast' (2013). 

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