Marcel Pinas is a visual artist who makes installations, paintings, and designs jewelry. His origins, that of the Marron in the Marowijne district, play an important role in his work. He studied at the Nola Hatterman Academy of Art in Paramaribo and then at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. A subsequent two years of the National Academy of Visual Arts (Amsterdam) did not bring any new dimensions to his knowledge.
Central to Pinas’ work is the future of Suriname, to which he wants to contribute. His work intends to encourage people to retain and record the remaining knowledge of the history of Suriname. The ultimate goal is to promote appreciation for the skills of the Aukaners in particular. He uses cultural objects of the Maroon, such as parts of a dugout canoe, pieces of paddles, fabrics, oil lamps, and spoons, but also symbols that characterize the endangered cultures in his works.