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Artists on Art

Tradition Transformed

Friday, June 11, 2010
7:30 PM–8:30 PM

Artists featured in the exhibition Tradition Transformed give a guided interpretation of their work and objects from the museum’s collection.
6:30-7:00 p.m.Ang Tsherin Sherpa
7:00-7:30 p.m.Kesang Lamdark

Tsherin Sherpa was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1968. He began studying tangka painting at the age of 12 under the guidance of his father, Urgen Dorje, a renowned tangka artist from Nyalam, Tibet. After six years of formal training, Tsherin went to Taiwan to study Mandarin Chinese and computer science for three years. He then returned to Nepal and resumed working with his father, painting both tangkas and wall murals. Tsherin Sherpa came to the United States in 1998 and worked as an artist and as an instructor at the Healing Buddha Center in California. He currently lives in Oakland, California, where in addition to pursuing his own art, which actively questions the methods and rhetoric of preserving tradition in the modern world, he continues to paint tangkas and to offer classes in tangka painting.
Kesang Lamdark was born in Dharamsala, India, in 1963 and grew up in Switzerland. After apprenticing and working as an interior architect in Switzerland, he studied art at the Parsons School of Design in New York from 1991-95, and received an MFA in 1997 from Columbia University in New York. His multimedia sculptures and installations, made from diverse materials including plastic, metal, lights and found objects, reflect both his Tibetan heritage and his freewheeling lifestyle in the United States and Europe. Lamdark has exhibited in gallery and museum exhibitions in Europe and the United States, and participated in the Third Guangzhou Triennial in 2008. He lives in Zurich.
Image:Ang Tsherin Sherpa