Born with a genuine painting talent, Tashi Norbu (1974) works non-stop to preserve his imprint of the Tibetan culture, so dear to him, in contemporary art. Educated as a traditional Tibetan painter, Tashi ended up receiving teachings in the monastery of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. He wished though to decipher Western modern art as well. In Ghent Tashi studied Visual Arts at Sint Lucas Academie voor beeldende kunst (Sint Lucas Academy of Visual Arts), as part of a Higher Education study course on Science and Arts. During his four years long study course and while working in the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst - SMAK (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art) in Ghent he was able to intimately admire and actually hold in his hands the most important expressions of contemporary art thanks to the guidance of Jan Hoet.

In the meantime Tibetan Buddhist thangkas, mandalas and sutras inspire the political painting refugee Tashi Norbu as much as the expressionistic Art of Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. Both inspiration sources are intertwined by the artist in his monumental canvas, where Buddha or a reference to him are ever present.

Tashi Norbu reflects the contemporary spirit of one world, one peace and individual responsibility for our modern culture in each work produced by his hand. He applies a collage technique typical of the Abstract Expressionism of the 50s, but he glues on his canvas such self absorbing elements that meditation becomes unavoidable while observing his work. It is not the new Yorker hellish society of Rauschenberg and Warhol but the silent equilibrium of Tibet and of H.H. the Dalai Lama that predominates Tashi Norbuís work.

Please, watch the Tibetaanse Kunst 2008 video, produced by Happinez magazine in Info/Video Archive, to admire the painting talent of Tashi Norbu. Big canvas as high as 12 meter with Buddha or H.H. the Dalai Lama are easy for him to paint as a little painting for an altar. The truth that love constitutes the base of each form of art is obvious for Tashi Norbu and becomes unavoidable for us when we admire his work.

In Amsterdam Tashi Norbu paintings are permanently exhibited in Temple, Prins Hendrikkade 21, the bookshop, gallery and Temple in the Mercurius building (Mercuriusgebouw) opposite Central Station, previously known as Oibibio. Temple is open every day from 10 am till 9 pm. You will find not only several books and publications on awareness, personal growth and spirituality but also a great number of Tashi Norbuís paintings. As Artist-in-Residence, together with his three co-artists, Tashi paints there too, in his atelier. You can attend Tibetan Buddhist rituals, lectures, teachings and workshops presented by Tibetan Buddhist lamas, masters and teachers.

See also www.tashinorbu.be
Tashi Norbu