Tashi Norbu, an independent contemporary artist, lives and works in The Netherlands. Educated as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter at the offices of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, he completed his art studies at the Saint Lucas Academy of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium.
While Tashi Norbu has developed into a versatile contemporary artist, his art still shows the fundamentals/basics of his background—Tibet and Buddhism. He has combined these with strong influences from Western art forms, Western ideas and modern icons.
Tashi Norbu tells in his contemporary paintings and collages the stories of Buddha and the Buddhist philosophy, but he also tells stories of modern life from a Buddhist point of view. His icons combine traditional with modern images. Everything is possible in the artwork of Tashi Norbu. However, no matter how “wild” the artwork is, it is clear that the artist has learned the fundamentals of painting.
Since 2010, Tashi Norbu has his own art studio, “9 Pillars,” in Wormer, a village close to Amsterdam. His artwork is exhibited in and represented by the Wereldmuseum (Museum of Ethnographic Art) in Rotterdam. Some artworks are exhibited at Kunstencentrum Zaandam (Art Centre, gallery), Tibet House New York and Huis van Alijn (museum) in Ghent, Belgium. Besides that, the artworks have appeared in several national and international art fairs. His most recent exhibitions were in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands ( March 21–April 6, 2014) and in Tibet House New York (March 14–May 19, 2014).