Gonkar Gyatso


Gonkar Gyatso was born in 1961 in Lhasa and studied Fine Art in Beijing and London.

He is the founder of the contemporary Tibetan art gallery, The Sweet Tea House. He is currently based and working in London. Gyatso is the elder statesmen of the contemporary Tibetan art movement and has opened many doors for the younger generation of artists (see Harris, C 1999, for account of Gyatso’s early career). He was selected to take part in the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

His work has been published and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including The Chinese National Art Gallery (Beijing), The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (Scotland), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Wereld museum Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Colorado University Art Museum and Collections (USA). Works by Gyatso are now held in the Newark Museum (USA), the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford), Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), Burger Collection (Switzerland), Red Gate Gallery (Beijing), and numerous private collections.

Having lived in Tibet, China, India and the West, Gyatso's art proposes insightful statements on the cultural hybridity of globalization.

1999-2000 M.A. (distinction) Fine Art. Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
1980 – 84 B.A. Hons, Traditional Chinese Painting. The Department of Fine
Art, Central Institute of Nationalities, Beijing, China

Selected Solo Exhibition:
2009 Venice Biennale, Italy
Making Worlds
2008 Art Dubai 2008, Dubai
Gonkar Gyatso: Retrospective
2004 The Sweet Tea House, London
Tibetan Word – Art of Communication
2003 Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford
Leverhulme fellowship and artist residence show
1999 The Sontsen House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Contemporary Tibetan art – Gonkar Gyatso
1997 International Cultural Centre, Helsinki, Finland
Gonkar Gyatso-Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist art
1996 International Cultural Centre, New Dehli, India
The footprints of Budhha
1994 Anymacheng Instutitue, Dharamsala, India
The Contemporary artist – Gonkar Gyatso
1987 The Revolution Exhibition Hall of Tibet, Lhasa, Tibet
Modern Tibet Art of Gyatso

Selected Group Exhibition:
2008 Thyssen-Bornemilsza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
A Question of Evidence
2008 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Return to Lhasa
2008 shContemporary 08, Shanghai
The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair
2008 Art Hong Kong 08, Hong Kong.
Contemporary Tibetan Art
2007 Christopher Farr Courtyard Gallery, Los Angeles
Past & Present - Tibetan art -13th to 21st century
2007 The Sweet Tea House, London
Buddha and Christ-a sense of togethernes.
2007 Rossi & Rossi, London
Consciousness and Form-Contemporary Tibetan art
2007 Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich,Switzerland
Hobby Horse –Yeah, Yeah Dada Asia
2007 ZKM/Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
Thermocline of new Art Asian Waves
2007 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Contemporary Tibetan Art at 798
2007 Neuhoff Gallery, New York
Tibetan encounters Contemporary meets tradition
2007 inIVA, London
2006 Rossi & Rossi, London
“Oh! What a beautiful day”- Peter Towse and Gonkar Gyatso’s shared visions
2006 CU Art Museum & The Colorado Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art
2006 Siebengebirgs Museum, Königswinter, Germany
Art from the Roof of the World: Contemporary Painting from Tibet
2006 Wereld Museum Rotterdam, Nederland
2006 Courtauld Institute Of Art, London
Culture bound-East wing collection VII
2006 Visual Art Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
Rethinking Tradition-Contemporary Tibetan artists in the West
2005 Gallery Artraktion, Bern, Switzerland
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    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü -Tsang: Lhasa
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