ABOUT PEMA RINZIN

(2013) Sumi ink, ground mineral pigments, gold, on wood

Born in Tibet in 1966, Pema Rinzin grew up in Dharamsala, India where he trained with master Thangka painters including Kalsang Oshoe, Khepa Gonpo and Rigdzin Paljor from 1979 to 1983. Rinzin received a degree in traditional Tibetan Thangka Painting and Fine Art from both the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) painting school and the studio of master Kalsang Oshoe. The artist subsequently taught Renaissance, Impressionist, Abstract Expressionist art, and cartoon drawing for eight years at the TCV School in Dharamsala. This multidisciplinary experience early on in Rinzin’s career has had a lasting influence on his work as a contemporary artist.

Rinzin was the first Tibetan artist in residence at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. His contemporary style art gained prominence after his work was exhibited in the Rubin Museum’s 2010 group exhibition Tradition Transformed; New York’s first museum exhibition of contemporary Tibetan artists. In 2007 Rinzin founded the New York Tibetan Art Studio (NYTAS), the only school in New York committed to teaching and preserving the classical art of Thangka painting. NYTAS has received recognition from Tibet House US and the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala as an institution preserving Tibetan culture.

The artist’s work is held in numerous public and private collections most notably those of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, and The Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute, Nagano, Japan. Selected solo exhibitions include Wings of Joy, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2016), Abstract Enlightenment, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2014); Compassion Transformed, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2011); Tibetan Fine Art Exhibition, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany (2005). Selected group exhibitions include Light of Summer (2023) at Active Space, Brooklyn, NY; The Ten Year Anniversary Show (2018) and Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist (2014), both at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY; New Voices, Active Space, New York, NY (2014); Tibet. Art. Now, Palazzo Nerucci, Castel del Piano, Italy (2011); Tradition Transformed (2010) and Big! Himalayan Art Exhibition (2008), both at Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY.

TIMELINE

1984 Art Teacher -Tibetan Children's Village School, Dharamsala, India

From the age of 13 Pema studied Tibetan painting, receiving a diploma as the best artist in his cohort at 18. He then became a teacher of Western and Tibetan art at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharamsala. In this photo he is first from the right in the back row, among his fellow teachers.

1996 Solo Show Buddhas, Gods and Demons, Rudolf Alexander-Shroder Hause, Wurzburg, Germany

This was Pema Rinzin’s first solo show which focused on his traditional Tibetan thangkas, and the first of several solo shows in Germany in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

1996-2004 Artist in Residence Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute in Nagano, Japan

Pema Rinzin and his fellow thangka painter Yumyo Miyasaka, along with their teacher Kalsang Oshoe, were commissioned by the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute and Shingon temple to complete several large painting sets. After Oshoe returned to India during the artist residency, Rinzin and Miyasaka completed the project after eight years. Pema’s art of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas, Buddha’s Life Story, the Wheel of Life and Cakrasamvara are now in the Shokoji Permanent Collection. Pema and Yumyo also illustrated a book about the tantric Buddhist masters known as the 84 Mahasiddhas, entitled “八十四人の密教行者”, published in Japan.

2005 Group Show Stone Spirit Tibet, Stadt Gallerie, Bamberg, Germany

2005-2008 Artist in Residence Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

In 2005, Pema Rinzin moved to New York and began his artist residency at the Rubin Museum of Art. Besides painting several large murals for the museum, he also acted as a curator for several shows based on the museum’s collection of thangkas. His art, including “The Four Kings”, “Tibetan Animals, Foliage and Landscape”, and “Eight Bodhisattvas” is kept in the RMA permanent collection

2007 Curatorial Project The Artist in Residence Showcase, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

Pema Rinzin curated this show in the RMA, where he selected Tibetan artworks from the 14th to the 21st century to showcase. He wrote art critique from a master artist's perspective, included in the plaques describing the thangkas on display.

2007 Group Show BIG! In Himalayan Art, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

This exhibition revolved around Pema Rinzin’s large painting of the Four Guardian Kings of Buddhism, which was one of the major projects completed during his artist residency at RMA. This painting would be displayed at several locations around the United States. The Four Guardian Kings was also shown at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where Pema Rinzin also taught and lectured on Tibetan art. He also contributed as an artist in residence at the Crow Collection, which contains several of his paintings.

 

2008-Present Founder New York Tibetan Art Studio

In 2008, Pema Rinzin founded the New York Tibetan Art Studio, the only art school in the West committed to teaching Tibetan Art from a certified master. As the founder, Pema is proud to have had many accomplished artists become his students and friends at the NYTAS, where he continues to teach.

2010 Group Show Barnstormers, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

After his time at the Rubin Museum of Art, Pema Rinzin began his career as a contemporary artist with the debut of his abstract style incorporating traditional Tibetan motifs. The Joshua Liner Gallery represented him and showcased his work in many future group and solo shows.

2010 Teaching Experience Fundamentals of Tibetan Art Course, Tibet House, New York, NY

Pema Rinzin taught a 9-week course on the basics of Tibetan art at the Tibet House, introducing students to the fundamental techniques of drawing and inking.

2010 Group Show Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

Pema Rinzin participated in the first exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art in a New York City museum.

2011 Solo Show Compassion Transformed, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYy

This was Pema Rinzin’s first solo show in New York, which exclusively featured his contemporary art.

2011 Curatorial Project Tantric Vision in Modern Self-Expression, Tibet House, New York, NY

Pema Rinzin co-curated this group show of contemporary Tibetan art by modern Tibetan artists at the Tibet House.

2014 Solo Show Abstract Enlightenment, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

This was Pema Rinzin’s second solo show in New York, which exclusively featured his contemporary art.

2014 Curatorial Project New Voices, Active Space, New York, NY

Pema Rinzin curated this show where all the artists who participated were his students in the New York Tibetan Art Studio. This was the NYTAS’ first group show.

2016 Solo Show Wings of Joy, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYY

This was Pema Rinzin’s third solo show in New York, which exclusively featured his contemporary art.

2017 Curatorial Project All In One, Kate Oh Gallery, New York, NY

This was the first show Pema Rinzin co-curated at the Kate Oh Gallery, and he would go on to co-curate several other future shows in partnership with the gallery. Including the group shows entitled: Around Us (2018), Towards the Light (2021) and The Rainbow (2022).

2023 Artist for Permanent Collection Ritz Carlton Jiuzhaiguo, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China

Many of Pema Rinzin’s paintings now adorn the interior of Ritz Carlton Jiuzhaiguo, a luxury hotel in the Tibetan region of Amdo Ngawa within Sichuan, China. The hotel purchased the rights to reproduce a limited number of tha artist's work.

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