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Hello to all the  New York Tibetan Art Studio students and anyone who cares for Tibetan art!

if you click on the link above “Katy Fischer and Lauren Owens in conversation”  you can read the  wonderful interview by artist and teacher Katy Fischer. Katy has studied for many years at New York Tibetan Art Studio and she is a great artist and teacher as well:)To all the Tibetan art lovers out there please make sure not to miss this!

Thank you Katy Fisher!


Message from Pema Rinzin

Tibetan Contemporary Artist

Founder, Teacher and Critic at New York Tibetan Art Studio


Pema Rinzin’s mural (size: 144″x74′) of the “Four Great Guardian Kings”was shown at the exhibition alongside with work in progress “Tibetan Brush Expression” at The Rubin Museum of Art from (February 9th to March 26″,2007) as part of the exhibition “Pema Show Artist-in-Residence:Pema Rinzin.

The work begun by Pema Rinzin in March of 2006 at RMA was exhibited along with the King Size pieces in RMA Collection from the 16th to 19th centuries and was accompanied by critical commentaries written by Pema Rinzin.Contemporary Tibetan Artist & Founder,Critic and Teacher at New York Tibetan art Studio.


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Contemporary Tibetan Artist Pema Rinzin is in a group show at Joshua liner gallery titled, “Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist” at Joshua Liner Gallery ( Nov 20-Dec 20, 2014).

Last night was opening of group show titled,”Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist” at @Joshua Liner Gallery and My friend Artist Doze Green’s solo show opening titled,”Out of knowledge” at Jonathan Levine Gallery, both in Chelsea, New York.

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The New York Tibetan Art Studio (NYTAS) is pleased to announce its inaugural group exhibition at Active Space in Brooklyn, New York. The show features work by twenty-seven artists and is curated by the NYTAS Founder and Director Pema Rinzin with co-curators Kevin Connolly Gillespie and Max Fenton. The exhibition brings together the artists’ studies of traditional Tibetan painting as well as contemporary pieces informed by this practice.

Pema Rinzin is a Tibetan-born artist, recognized as both a master Thangka painter and an accomplished contemporary artist. The school’s mission is to keep ancient Tibetan traditions alive through the teaching of artistic techniques and symbolic content. An expert in individual Tibetan masters, Rinzin emphasizes the hand of the artist, focusing on the unique narrative and creator of each work.

The traditional paintings in this exhibition center around thoughtful Buddhas, sage Bodhisattvas, and charged deities who sit amidst symbol-rich fields of flora, fauna, clouds, and celestial bodies. Most works are on paper with ink from sumi blocks and ground mineral pigments that include malachite, azurite, cinnabar, and sulphur.

The exhibition also highlights the contemporary art practice of each of the NYTAS students. We see the ways in which their personal work is influenced by their traditional studies, both formally and thematically. These pieces take a variety of forms including Tad Fettig’s stunning short film Sky Burial, which documents Mongolian funeral rites, Monisha Raja’s mandala-like abstractions on papyrus, and an installation by Pema Rinzin and Mari Iwahara.

The show also features friends of the NYTAS who are not studying with the school directly but whose work is in dialogue with Tibetan art and its New York community. Friends include musician Kyp Malone and street artists R. Nicholas Kuszyk and Swoon, whose current installation, Submerged Motherlands, is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

Participating Artists:
Benjamin Armas, Adriana Atema, Ori Carino, D-bar, Max Fenton, Tad Fettig, Matt Franowicz, Celia Gerard, Kevin Connolly Gillespie, Manal Grant, Mari Iwahara, Mimi Eayrs-Jones, R. Nicholas Kuszyk,  Pia Leighton, Elim Mak, Kyp Malone, Allyson Mellberg, Monisha Raja, Pema Rinzin, Swoon, Deirdre Swords, Jeremy Taylor, Kate Oh Trabulsi, Ana Maria Velasco, Virginia Wagner, Yoni Zilber, Ashley Zelinske

Special thanks to The Active Space, Ashley Zelinske, Virginia Wagner, and Tenzin Dolkar.


Spiritual and Technology & Childhood to Spiritual are two among four artworks of Artist Pema Rinzin that will be shown at the upcoming show titled, “New New York Tibetan Art Studio: NEW VOICES” at August 15, ACTIVE SPACE gallery, New York.

Link to more information on the show:

Photo Courtesy of Pema Rinzin, Contemporary Tibetan Artist & Founder, Critique and Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio

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NEW VOICES: New York Tibetan Art Studio is pleased to announce its inaugural group exhibition at Active Space in Brooklyn, New York.
Date & Time: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:00pm.
Curated by: Mr. Pema Rinzin; Contemporary Tibetan Artist & Founder of New York Tibetan Art Studio.

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Installation Views- “Abstract Enlightenment” Second solo show of Contemporary Tibetan Artist Pema Rinzin.

location: Joshua Liner Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

Picture 6 Picture 7 Picture 8 Picture 9 Picture 10 Picture 13Click here for more information on Artist Pema Rinzin and his work.


pemanyartPema Rinzin, Wheel of Time and Space, 2014.

Ground mineral pigments, gold, on wood 20 x 24 in.

Image courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery.

Joshua Liner Gallery houses a diverse group of established and emerging artists, but as a faction they present a united front against creative tedium. Ai Yamaguchi’s celluloid expressions and frail lines depict lives of young prostitutes. Evan Hecox portrays urban environments through amplification and select graphic elements. Julie Opperman’s dissonant paintings use the viewer’s perception as a medium. The common thread among artists at Joshua Liner is this: they all work to erode boundaries. They are eager to jump the old divides between traditional and contemporary, puppeteering and sculpture, graphic design and fine art. They shun categorization. Pema Rinzin is no exception.

Rinzin employs traditional thangka painting techniques and materials to create contemporary work. He has taught and traveled in Germany and Japan, translated for monks on tour with the Grateful Dead, and spent time at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. His paintings are held in various public and private collections, including the Dalai Lama’s.

These pieces are simple, powerful, and abstract. The content is forms distilled to their essences, with the exception of the Auspicious Dreams series, which contains vastly detailed forms from all walks of the animal kingdom that surge in pleasant turmoil around a golden orb. Rinzin’s paintings appear both biological and intergalactic in a way that speaks to the enigmatic scale of daily life. Shapes within could be cells, spores, or immense bodies of matter floating in space. He uses ground mineral pigments as a medium—gold, as seen in the three Auspicious Dreams paintings, as well as green malachite, and lapis lazuli. All of these are of gem quality. The intensity of the colorants enhances the qualities of playfulness and surprise in his work.

I was able to ask Rinzin a few questions about his paintings, process, and hopes for this “Abstract Enlightenment.”

Maria Anderson: This is your second solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery. What is most important to you about this exhibition?
Pema Rinzin: Naturally, there is the hope that people like it. Not only this, but that these paintings will cause people to believe that today is not the only life we have. We have tomorrow. We have the next day, and the next. We don’t have to sell our paintings today. We don’t have to be successful today. What I want is to pause time.

MA: You’ve mentioned that you abstract impressionist is a description you would place, however loosely, on your work. Why the name Abstract Enlightenment?
PR: It has to do with the feeling of your mind opening up—everything spans out, like a sun. Bubble of Wishful Gems is like this, with the two concentric circles. It has a lot of movement, a lot of joy and expression. The inside looks like seeds, so it’s almost like a flower petal. In Tibet, this shade of blue is considered the highest color of emptiness and ascension. Nature yields a lot of energy, and I’m making use of this. Enlightenment is when you’re abstract in the composition and the subject. It’s about trying to represent the essence of all things in a simple way.

MA: Does meditation, or, to use a word with fewer associations, contemplation, play any role in your creative process? In other words, how do you reach a state of mind that allows for long hours of intuitive, focused painting?
PR: There is a principle on how to use meditation: the best meditation for me is not how people typically think of it. If you are a focused person, you might wake up in the morning and exercise—something like this is the best meditation. You meditate to purify yourself to do things right. If you’re a teacher, and if you teach and use your heart, then this is a great meditation. If you teach by example and not from the mouth or the book, this becomes like a meditation. It is more of a belief system.

After a while, when you paint more and more, it becomes automatic. You connect. It’s a natural meditation. You can close your eyes and sit quietly and meditate, but doing just this won’t help you paint. You have to use your hand, your mind, your body. Oh, if you focus in this way, you will be happy! You can’t separate it from your work.

MA: What else is crucial to your process?
PR: Intention and discipline. You have to know how to clean your house. If you are a good artist, you have to know how to cook. This makes other people happy, and then you are happy. Making yourself happy first is even more important than making others happy. If you do a very good painting today, then the next painting will be more challenging, and when you are challenged, you are better able to be good to others.

Picture 69 Please come this Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 PM for the opening of Pema Rinzin’s second solo show, Abstract Enlightenment. At Joshua Liner Gallery. Pema Rinzin is a Contemporary Tibetan Artist & Founder and Teacher at New York Tibetan Art Studio. He is the first Tibetan to have a First and Second solo show in New York City.

Here is the link for more information regarding the show, Artist and the Gallery: Pema Rinzin: Abstract Enlightenment Feb 27 2014, Joshua Liner Gallery