Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi studied Visual Art and Art Education in Suriname and the Netherlands (1972 – 1979). She started her career as an art teacher and lecturer, but became a full-time visual artist in 1988, with an emphasis on painting & drawing and has been involved in multidisciplinary art projects since 1996. In 2005, she added video film & video installation as a medium to her work. Recurring themes in her work are nature, in its physical as well as its spiritual form, the various cultures of Suriname, and women, especially the strength of women. Texts are also important, and for a period Kit-Ling focused on creating a true fusion between visual art and the art of words, which resulted in the publication of the books: ‘The Strength of Women’ (2009), and ‘Short Stories’, a bundle of poems (2012). As the secretary of the FVAS (Federation for Visual Artists in Suriname) between 1998 and 2017, Kit-Ling was in charge of the project management of several Art Projects.
Kit-Ling’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and in 2011 she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in the USA. In 2012, Kit-Ling was the featured visual artist within the 13th International Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS).
In 2013, Kit-Ling received the Bridget Jones Travel Award from the Society of Caribbean Studies in the UK.