losang GyatsoLOSANG GYATSO (USA)


I was born in Tibet when you could walk around Lhasa without running into a single Chinese, and grew up mainly in Britain, where I attended secondary schools during the era of the Beatles, the moon landing and Vietnam. Returning to a Tibetan refugee community in India, I studied Tibetan painting for two years, before arriving to the United States in 1974.

I attended Art school in San Francisco and became an Art Director in New York for 16 years, winning many industry awards, such as the Clio, Addy and the One show.

In the last few years, I've devoted more time to my artwork while also engaged in other projects. I've also designed several books on Tibet, created identity logos for Tibetan organizations such as International Campaign for Tibett, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, Tibet Fund, and opened Tibetan restaurants in San Francisco and New York City. And another thing....I've also had the surreal experience of acting in Martin Scorsese's film, Kundun, playing the role of the Lord Chamberlain.

Missing Peace My paintings have been exhibited at galleries in Boulder, New York, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Montreal,  Zurich and Atlanta.

 I'm privileged to be one of 75 international artists asked to create a work based on the ideas of the Dalai Lama for a worldwide exhibition entitled The Missing Peace.
 A website I started a few years ago to enable Tibetan artists to see each other's work, has now evolved into Mechak Center for contemporary  Tibetan art, a group working to create awareness for Tibetan artists and their work. I'm proud of it and you'll enjoy seeing the work there.

To see my latest work..... a series of portraits that are based on video images that came out of Tibet during the protests in the Spring of 2008, go to




Signs from Tibet-New Art