Artists on Art Tradition Transformed
Gonkar Gyatso was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1961. He studied fine art in Beijing at the Central Institute for Nationalities from 1980-84, and received his MA in 2000 from the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. In 2003, he founded the Sweet Tea House in London, the first gallery in Europe devoted to showcasing contemporary Tibetan art. Also in 2003, Gyatso received a Leverhulme Trust fellowship to be an artist-in-residence at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, United Kingdom. He has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, the Kangra Museum in Dharamsala, India, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, and the Colorado University Art Museum.
The artist's mixed-media works were featured in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 17th Biennale of Sydney in 2010. Gyatso's work is held in the permanent collections of the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the World Museum Liverpool, the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, the Devi Foundation in Gurgaon, India, as well as in numerous private collections. He is based in the UK.