Gonkar Gyatso Curriculum Vitae

Born: 1961: Lhasa, Tibet
Nationality: British
Resident: London / New York / Beijing


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

Selected Solo Exhibition:



Pop Phraseology: Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong

Meditation on Irony: Savannah School of Art and Design. Gallerie Pfriem Lacoste, France. Travelling to: Moot Gallery, Hong Kong

2011-12 Three Realms: Institute of Modern Art and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2008 Art Dubai 2008, Dubai. "Gonkar Gyatso retrospective"
2004 The Sweet Tea House - Contemporary Tibetan art gallery, London. "Tibetan Word - art of communication"
2003 Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford. Leverhulme fellowships and Artist residence show.
1999 The Sontsen House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. "Contemporary Tibetan art - Gonkar Gyatso"
1987 The Revolution Exhibition Hall of Tibet, Lhasa, Tibet. "Modern Tibet Art of Gyatso"

Selected Group Exhibition:





108 Begegnungen Museum Angewandtkunst. Frankfurt, Germany

Immortal Present: Art and Asia. Berkshires Museum. Pittsfield, MA USA

Janela, Migrating Forms and Migrating Gods. Kochi Muziris Biennial. Kerala, India

Insights Into the Wemhoner Collection  Berlin, Germany

Metaphysical. Mimmo Scognamiglio, Milan, Italy. Curated by James Putnam

Tibet India, New Beginnings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY USA


2013 Freedom, just another word... Mass MoCA. North Adams, Massachusetts USA The Weight of History. The Singapore Art Museum. Singapore
2012 Museum of Fine Art Boston, Boston (MA), USA. "Shambala"
2011 Hood Museum of Art, Hanover (NH), USA. "Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond"
2011 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK. "Drawn from Life"
2010 Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. "Identity Theft" Curated by James Putnam
2010 Rossi Rossi, London, UK. "Works on Paper"
2010 Songzhuang Art Center, China. "Scorching Sun of Tibet"
2010 Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA. "Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond"
2010 Space Station, Beijing, China. "World of Thousands"
2010 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. "The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age"
2010 Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Philadelphia, USA. "Mapping Identity" curated by Carol Solomon and Janet Yoon
2010 Galarie Sherin Najjar, Berlin, Germany. "A Man is not a Tree"
2010 Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. "The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art".
2009 Jan Murphy Gallery, Bisbane, Australia. "Two voices"
2009 China Art Projects at the Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Australia. "Tempting God"
2009 The 53rd Venice Biennalem Venice, Italy. "Making Worlds"
2009 Tibet Art Gallery, Temple, Amsterdam. "Tibet Art Now: on the threshold of a new future"
2009 ASIA ONLUS, Rome, Italy "Tibetan Visions: Contemporary Painting from Tibet"
2008 Thyssen-Bornemilsza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria. "A Question of Evidence"
2008 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China. "Return to Lhasa"
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 togetherness"
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 Neuhoff gallery, New York.  (organized by Anna Maria and Fabio Rossi ). " Tibetan encounters Contemporary meets tradition"
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 Wereld Museum Rotterdam, Nederland. "Tibet"
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 Rossi & Rossi and The Sweet Tea House-Contemporary Tibetan Art Gallery, London. "From classic to contemporary-visions From Tibet"
1999 Lyon City Gallery, France. "Limbers Due Tibet" 
1998 The Reality Room Gallery, Washington. "Visions From Himalaya Contemporary Tibetan Art" 
1989 The National Art Gallery, Beijing. "The National Avant-Garde Fine Art Exhibition-89"
1985-87 The Sweet Tea House, Lassa, Tibet. "The Sweet Tea House Artists Group Show"



TBD Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore: Artist in Residence
2003  The Leverhulme Trust, London. Leverhulm fellowships and Artist residence at Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.
2001 Southern Art. Hampshire, England. Year of Art 2000 Artist's residence.
1996 Central St. Martin's College of Art & Design, London Guest Artist scholarship. 
1989-91 Centre Academy of fine art & Crafts, Beijing, China. Fellowship, for contemporary crafts design.

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