Contemporary Tibetan Art has been quietly evolving inside and outside of Tibet over the last three decades since the demise of the Cultural Revolution. Like the poets and new fiction writers of the Land of Snows, the painters are deliberately diverse in expression and style, and today, the most well known amongst them have reached a new maturity. Some identify with and experiment new forms of expression based upon the heritage of Tibetan Buddhist art, but many others eschew that tradition in their search for new approaches and materials, using humanistic, naturalistic, symbolist or abstract styles originating in the West.
TSEWANG TASHI is one of Tibet’s most outstanding contemporary artists, painting since the early 1980s in Lhasa, spending time in Norway and taking part in several international exhibitions in the USA, Europe and the PRC. He enjoys a brilliant career and teaches in the Tibet Univeristy Fine Arts department. At present he is writing a PhD in the University of Trondheim, Norway.
Tsewang Tashi will give a Powerpoint presentation on his life as an artist in Tibet, from the Cultural Revolution right through to the present day.
NATHALIE GYATSO teaches art in La Réunion. She is one of the rare international specialists on contemporary Tibetan art, and holds a PhD on the subject, having published several books and articles, including a monography on Gongkar Gyatso, who is considered to be one of the finest Tibetan artists living in the diaspora. She will discuss the present-day situation. "Contemporary Tibetan painters refuse the nostaligia and 'exotica' of the West, and they distance themselves from the 'Land of Snows' as seen by Chinese artists. This emerges as a form of resistance through which contemporary Tibet is seeking its own new identity.