She was of both African and Indian ancestry and spent time in the Netherlands starting in 1957. She wrote mainly in Dutch, but occasionally in Sranan Tongo. Her first novel was Sarnami, Hai or "Surinam I am" in 1969. She was an admirer of the Trinidadian novelist V. S. Naipaul. She died in Paramaribo on 6 January 2019 at the age of 83.
- Bea Vianen in the Digitale Bibliotheek Nederlandse Letteren (Dutch)
- Katharina M. Wilson (1991). An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Taylor & Francis. p. 1299. ISBN 978-0-8240-8547-6.
- "Schrijfster Bea Vianen toonde een verdeeld Suriname van binnenuit". NRC (in Dutch). 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
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