b. 1971, Lhasa, Tibet. Lives and works in London, UK.

Gonkar Gyatso’s youth coincided with the period of the Cultural Revolution in China when vast quantities of art and cultural monuments were destroyed, and traditional Tibetan art forms — most of which were tied to religion — were forbidden. While studying Chinese calligraphy in Beijing, Gyatso became aware of the distinctiveness of his heritage and after graduating, moved to Dharamsala, India, where he studied traditional Tibetan thangka (scroll painting), before moving to London. Gyatso founded the Sweet Tea House in 1985, which became the first Tibetan avant-garde artists’ association.

Born in 1971 in Lhasa. Currently lives and works in New York, USA


MA (distinction) Fine Art. Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK

BA Hons, Traditional Chinese Painting. The Department of Fine Art, Central Institute of Nationalities, Beijing, China 


Institute of Modern Art and Griffith University. Brisbane, Australia

Gonkar Gyatso Retrospective, Rossi & Rossi at Art Dubai 2008, Dubai, UAE

Tibetan Word - Art of Communication, The Sweet Tea House –Contemporary Tibetan Art Gallery, London, UK

Leverhulme Fellowship and Artist Residence Show, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Contemporary Tibetan Art - Gonkar Gyatso, The Sontsen House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Gonkar Gyatso - Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Art, International Cultural Centre, Helsinki, Finland

Modern Tibet Art of Gyatso, The Revolution Exhibition Hall of Tibet, Lhasa, Tibet


Shambala, Museum of Fine Art Boston, Boston (MA), USA

Art Paris 2011, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery at Art Gallery 2011, Paris, France
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA
Drawn from Life, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria

Identity Theft, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Scorching Sun of Tibet, Songzhuang Art Center, China
Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA
Mapping Identity, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Two Voices, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Temping God, China Art Projects at The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Australia
Making Worlds, The 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Unbound: New Art for a New Century, Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA
Tibet Art Now: On the Threshold of a New Future, Tibet Art Gallery, Temple, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tibetan Visions: Contemporary Painting from Tibet, ASIA Onlus, Rome, Italy

A Question of Evidence, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Return to Lhasa - The Second Tibetan Contemporary Exhibition, 798 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

Past & Present - Tibetan Art - 13th to 21st Century, Christopher Farr Courtyard Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Buddha and Christ - A Sense of Togetherness, The Sweet Tea House, London, UK
Consciousness and Form: Contemporary Tibetan Art, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK
Hobby Horse - Yeah, Yeah - Dada Asia, Avanthany Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
Thermocline of New Art Asian Waves, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
Lhasa - New Art from Tibet, 798 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Tibetan Encounters - Contemporary Meets Tradition, Neuhoff Gallery, New York, USA (organized by Anna Maria Rossi and Fabio Rossi)

Oh! What a Beautiful Day - Peter Towse and Gonkar Gyatso's Shared Visions, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK
Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art, CU Art Museum & The Colorado Collection, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Tibet, Wereld Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Culture Bound - East Wing Collection VII, Courtauld Institute Of Art, London, UK
Rethinking Tradition - Contemporary Tibetan Artists in the West, Visual Art Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

From Classic to Contemporary - Visions From Tibet, Rossi & Rossi and The Sweet Tea House – Contemporary, Tibetan Art Gallery, London, UK

Limbers Due Tibet - Selected Group Show, Lyon City Gallery, France

Visions From Himalaya Contemporary Tibetan Art - Selected Group Show, The Reality Room Gallery, Washington, USA

The National Avant-Garde Fine Art Exhibition-98, The National Art Gallery, Beijing, China

The Sweet Tea House Artists' Group Show, The Sweet Tea House, Lhasa, Tibet