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 and is currently based and working in London. He has been selected to take a part in the 53th Venice Biennial 2009.

His work has been internationally published and exhibited in galleries and museums including The Chinese National Art Gallery (Beijing), The Kangra Museum (India), 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), Rossi&Rossi (London), Red Gate Gallery (Beijing), The Newark Museum (New York), and numerous private collections.

Having lived in Tibet, China, India and the West, Gyatso’s art proposes insightful statements on cultural hybridity of globalization as well as the sea change of the world yet to come.


Selected Group Exhibition:

2009 Tibet Art Gallery, Temple, Amsterdam "Tibet Art Now: on the threshold of a new future"
2009 Venice Biennial, Italy "Making Worlds"
2009 Royal Academy of Arts, London "The London Original Print Fair"
2009 Newark Museum, USA "Unbound: New Art for a New Century"
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”.
2008 shContemporary 08, Shanghai, “ The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair”.
2008 Art Hong Kong 08, Hong Kong . “ Contemporary Tibetan Art”.
2008 Art Dubai 2008, United Arab Emirates. “ gonkar gyatso retrospective”.
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 Rossi & Rossi, London. “Conciousness and form – contemporary Tibetan art “.
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. (organized by Anna Maria and Fabio Rossi ). “ Tibetan encounters Contemporary meets tradition”.
2007 inIVA, London. “Terrain”.
2006 Rossi & Rossi, London. “Oh! What a beautiful day-Peter Towse and Gonkar Gyatso’s shred visions”.
2006 CU Art Museum & The Colorado Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder. “Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art”.
2006 Siebngebirgsmuseum, Germany. “Modern Art from the Roof of the World-Contemporary 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 Gallery Artraktion, Bern, Switzerland. “Die funf Tibeter- zeitgenossische tibetische kunst”.
2005 Rossi & Rossi and The Sweet Tea House-Contemporary Tibetan Art Gallery, London. “From classic to contemporary-visions From Tibet”.
2004 Immigration and Diversity Museum, London. “The Refuge Week” Leave to Remain selected group show.
2003 Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland. “Sanctuary” Contemporary Art & Human Right”.
2003 October Gallery, London. “Radiant Transmission” Contemporary Masterpieces of Tibetan Buddhist Art”
2000 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. MA Degree shows 2000.
1999 Lyon City Gallery, France. “Limbers Due Tibet” selected group show.
1998 The Reality Room Gallery, Washington. “Visions From Himalaya Contemporary Tibetan Art” selected group show.
1997 Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. ‘MA Degree Show 1998”.
1989 The National Art Gallery, Beijing. “The National Avant-Garde Fine Art Exhibition-98”.
1985-87 The Sweet Tea House, Lassa, Tibet. “The Sweet Tea House Artists Group Show”.
GONKAR GYATSOSelected Solo Exhibition:

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”.
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 Instud, Dharamsalla, India. “ The Contemporary artist – Gonkar Gyatso”
1987 The Revolution Exhibition Hall of Tibet, Lhasa, Tibet. “ModernTibet Art of Gyatso”


2008 Queensland Art Gallery / gallery of Modern Art, Australia.
2008 White Rabbit Gallery, Australia.
2007 Crocker Art Museum, California, USA.
2007 The Burger Collection, Switzerland.
2007 White Rabbit Gallery, Australia.
2007 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China.
2007 Wereld Museum, Rotterdam, Nederland.
2006 The Newark Museum, New York, USA.
2006 Rossi & Rossi, London.
2005 Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.
2004 Immigration and Diversity Museum, London.
2003 The Sweet Tea House-Contemporary Tibetan Art Gallery, London.


1999-2000 MA (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.


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.