Gonkar Gyatso | Guests | deFINE ART 2014

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Gonkar Gyatso

Gonkar Gyatso (b. 1961, Lhasa, Tibet) is a London-based transnational artist. In 2003, he founded the Sweet Tea House in London, dedicated to promoting contemporary Tibetan art and bringing together artists from inside Tibet and from abroad.

Awards and honors

  • Leverhulme Fellowship
  • Artist in residence at Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, U.K.

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Gyatso was trained in traditional brush painting at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing as well as traditional Tibetan thangka painting in Dharamsala, India. He earned an M.A. in fine art at the Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Notable exhibitions

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
  • City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
  • Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
  • Rubin Museum of Art, New York
  • National Art Gallery, Beijing
  • Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Courtauld Institute of Art, London
  • Burger Collection, Zurich
  • Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
  • 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy
  • Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland, Australia
  • 17th Sydney Biennale