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Ang Tsherin Sherpa
Deity Thangka Paintings
Reception Saturday June 20th, 2009 from 1-3pm
Exhibition June 2nd through July 16th, 2009

If you missed seeing him at the Asian Art Museum, you may visit with Ang Tsherin Sherpa at Alta Galleria on June 20th.  He will be in at the Gallery from 1- 3pm with his glorious new Buddhist deity paintings and prints.  He is no longer painting strict traditional images except by consignment, so these may be the last 3 available.  These are done in a more open style; the colours are vibrant and he still uses pigments and gold.

We are offering prints as well as the three originals.   Prints are signed by Tsherin.  Prints include the painting that is part of the Asian Art Museum's permanent collection.

We hope you can join us!

Avalokiteswora, Green Tara and White Tara
Media-Ground Pigment and Gold on Cotton, 2007, 17" x 21"

“Thangka painting is an ancient tradition that dates back many centuries in Tibet where it was a very highly respected not only as an artistic talent but also as a form of Buddhist practice.  In subsequent generations and more recently, the mass production of inaccurately painted thangkas has endangered the authenticity of this tradition. It is essential for us to understand the importance of the tradition in order to keep it genuine and alive. As a thangka artist residing in the West, I realize that it is extremely crucial to preserve this tradition in its pure form. The images we portray are not just random and self-projected icons but vision that occurred to realized masters and enlightened beings. Each image represents aspects of the teachings of the Buddha. Thus, to paint these deities with the clearest intent and precision not only complements the teachings, but has great benefit for those who see these thankgas. Nonetheless, there is a vast room for personal creativity in the painting of these sacred images.”

Past Exhibits continued

Tibetan Miniature Paintings
December 14, 2006-December 21, 2006
Noah's Art
(Oakland, CA, USA)

April 27, 2007-May 27, 2007
The Green Lantern Gallery
(Chicago, IL, USA)

Asia Alive
May 27, 2007-May 29, 2007
Asian Art Museum
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Contemporary Thangkas
June 7, 2007-July 7, 2007
Smith Andersen Editions
(Palo Alto, CA, USA)

Ang Tsherin Sherpa
Sacred Images: Thangka Painting
Reception Saturday October 6th, 2007 from 2-5pm
Exhibit through Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Ang Tsherin Sherpa was born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Nepal. He started studying thangka painting at the age of twelve under the skillful guidance of his father, Master Urgen Dorje, a renowned thangka artist from Ngyalam, Tibet.  After six years of intense formal training, Tsherin went to Taiwan to study Mandarin and computer science. Three years later, he returned to Nepal and resumed working with his father in numerous projects that included painting thangkas and monastery murals. Tsherin came to the US in 1998 and worked as a thangka artist and as an instructor at The Healing Buddha Center in California. Presently, he lives in Oakland, California where he continues to paint thangkas and to offer classes in thangka painting. Visit his website at

SOLD! Five original Thangka paintings. (3 of these were on commission!)

Past Exhibits

December 22, 1998-January 10, 1999
Sonoma Museum of Visual Art
(Santa Rosa, CA, USA)

Mandala of Compassion
January 17, 1999-January 31, 1999
Marin Headlands Center for Art
(Sausalito, CA, USA)

Mandala of Yamantaka
May 20, 2000-May 28, 2000
Fort Mason
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Mandala of Compassion
September 13, 2000-September 17, 2000
Kress Building
(Santa Rosa, CA, USA)

The Riverroad Gallery
March 3, 2001-March 31, 2001
(Walnut Grove, CA, USA)

Tibetan Thangka Painting
November 7, 2001-January 30, 2002
The Oriental Museum
(Durham, UK)

Thangka Painting March 23, 2002
Fort Mason
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Tibetan Thangka
September 30, 2002-November 2, 2002
The Miyares Gallery at Sonoma Academy
(Santa Rosa, CA, USA)

Asia Alive
July 1, 2003-July 31, 2003
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

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