Tenzing Rigdol

Contemporary Tibetan Artist

Tenzing Ringdol studied art and art history at the University of Colorado, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy. In addition, he also successfully completed a graphic design course. He extensively studied Tibetan sand painting, butter sculpture and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal; earning a degree in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and is an accomplished poet. In 2002, he and his family were granted political asylum in the USA; he currently lives in New York.
Tenzing Rigdol’s paintings are the products of collective influences and interpretations of age-old traditions; they are influenced by philosophy; often capture the ongoing issues of human conflicts; and have strong political undertones – for him, politics is an unavoidable element in his art.
Education:
2005 BFA Painting / Drawing and BA Art History. The University of Colorado, Denver
2002 Tibetan Traditional Sand Painting and Butter Sculpture. Shekar Chöten Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal
1999 Diploma in Tibetan Traditional Thangka Painting. Tibet Thangka Art School, Kathmandu, Nepal
1998 Tibetan Traditional Collage Thangka Art. Studied under the tutelage of Gen Tsering Yanki La
1997 Tibetan Carpet Design. Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Dharamsala, India

Selected Solo Exhibition:
2009 Rossi & Rossi, London
Experiment with form
2008 Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, VT
Painting with Poetry
2004 Auraria Library Gallery, Denver
Fusion Art

Selected Group Exhibition:
2008 Art HK 08, Hong Kong
Contemporary Tibetan Art
2008 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
The Missing Peace
2007 Christopher Farr Courtyard Gallery, Los Angeles
Past & Present - Tibetan art -13th to 21st century
2007 Rossi & Rossi, London
Consciousness and Form-Contemporary Tibetan art
2007 Rubin Art Museum, New York
The Missing Peace – Installation
2007 Neuhoff Gallery, New York
Tibetan encounters Contemporary meets tradition
2006 CU Art Museum & The Colorado Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art

Fellowships/Residence:
2008 Himalayan Fellowship, New York
Artist residence and Fellowship, Rubin Museum of Art, New York and Vermont Studio Center, VT
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker
  • Nationality
    Tibetan
  • Born
    1982-01-16
  • Place of birth
    Asia: Southern Asia: Nepal: Kathmandu
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