Ilkhom Theatre Features Paintings from TIS Visual Arts Teacher

The world-renowned Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil opened a new gallery exhibition on Friday, January 16 featuring the work of Ronald Kleijer, TIS visual arts teacher and professional artist.

The exhibition features roughly 90 paintings from Kleijer documenting at least four years worth of artistic work, from 2011 until the present.

Titled Bu hayot (This is Life), the collection focuses on Uzbek landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, still lifes and even vehicles/means of transport.

The Ilkhom exhibition will run through the beginning of February. It is Kleijer’s second solo exhibition in Uzbekistan and his first at the Ilkhom Theatre.

“In my work I try to connect my Dutch cultural roots with Central Asian images/impressions,” Kleijer said as he described his paintings. “I love the Northern European Baroque and try to paint in this style referring to artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer portraying ‘typical’ Central Asian sceneries and what nots.”

Kleijer has also held exhibitions in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and five other times in Uzbekistan, for a total of 25 exhibits in all.

The Ilkhom exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information about the Ilkhom Theatre, visit



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