LhasaContemporary Main | Artist's Main Gallery
born in 1971 in Lhasa. I attended the Central Fine Art Academy in
Beijing – China’s premiere art school, studying Chinese
painting, art history and art theory. I chose to study Chinese paintings,
as it was less restrictive then Tibetan painting, then returned to
making traditional Tibetan painting but in a new way. My art might
not be seen as contemporary in a western manner since the cultural
pulse in Tibet is very different.
My generation has grown up with Thanka painting, martial arts, Hollywood movies, Mickey Mouse, Charlie Chaplin, Rock n’ Roll and McDonalds. We still don’t know where the spiritual homeland is – New York, Beijing or Lhasa. We wear Jeans and T-shirts and when we drink a Budweiser it is only occasionally that we talk about “Buddhahood”.
Now in my work I look for signs of a culture that speaks of ages as well as modernity, as if my brush is a thread that connects the past and the present. I depict Tibet as a society in transition, which has received outside cultural influences and underwent major changes. A Tibet shaped by present realities and connected to the rest of the world.
recently my work has filled with more ironic elements, this is not
my way to criticize anything, just an effort to give reality a more
authentic appearance. When I am pretending to represent deep philosophical
and religious concepts I start painting more freely and in a more
relaxed way, and any soul or object can find its own place in one
of my painting and by doing so I found again the happiness I felt
in my childhood while drawing cartoons.