Pema Rinzin was born in Tibet in 1966 and grew up in Dharamsala, India, where he studied with Kalsang Oshoe, Khepa Gonpo, Rigdzin Paljor, and other master artists from 1979 to 1983. Rinzin subsequently taught Renaissance, Impressionist and Abstract Expressionist art, as well as cartoon drawing for eight years at the Tibetan Children’s Village School (TCV) in Dharamsala. From 1995 to 2004, he worked and taught at the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute in Nagano, Japan. From 2002 to 2005, he divided his time between Japan and Wurzburg, Germany, where he was an artist-in-residence at the Brush & Color Studio. From November 2005 to October 2008, Rinzin was an artist-in-residence at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and are held in public and private collections worldwide, most notably at the Shoko-ji Cultural Research Institute in Nagano, Japan, and the Rubin Museum of Art.
Pema Rinzin lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he founded the New York Tibetan Art Studio.
My personal challenge is to introduce Tibetan art to the general public, art schools and universities around the world with the hope of continuing this rare and unique form of visual Tibetan culture for future generations. I have dedicated myself to teaching both the practice and appreciation of Tibetan art through its discipline and techniques which can offer great benefit and new skills to all students of art. During many years of study and travel I have worked on developing a distinctive method to communicate the depth of these Tibetan painting practices and hope to provide an entirely unique artistic experience to students.
To this end, in 2007, I founded the New York Tibetan Art Studio, the only studio in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to teaching and preservation of Tibetan art in both its traditional form and to move forward in a modern world – contemporary and fine art. Currently I am working on a series of abstract paintings some of which have already appeared in exhibition. In addition, much of my energy is now directed towards writing with a focus on publishing a book on the history of individual Tibetan master artists.
For many years, while creating Tibetan art, teaching and looking, I observed the works of many great Tibetan artists with perfectly masterful compositions, also filled with personal expression and emotion, and that in itself was tremendously inspiring. With an early introduction to Western art, I was very much inspired by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky and William Blake. Their drawing, use of colour and composition, is as rich as the most refined Tibetan art. Blake particularly brings poetry into his paintings infusing them with emotion and spirituality. Later, after moving to New York, I was immediately exposed to street and former graffiti artists. They inspired me in their works with everyday life and raw emotion. Now, my art is really about my life journey which I strongly express in my compositions and abstract forms.
NY Arts Magazine Interviews Pema Rinzin on ‘Abstract Enlightenment’. (March 4, 2014)
Opening Photos - Abstract Enlightenment (March 4, 2014)
Inaugural Group Show at the New Gallery! (March 27, 2013)
Summer Group Exhibition Opening Photos (August 7, 2012)
Pema Rinzin featured in Tibet. Art. Now. Exhibition (July 11, 2011)
Pema Rinzin Opening Photos (February 1, 2011)
Summer Group Exhibition Opening Photos (August 17, 2010)
Pema Rinzin at the Rubin Museum of Art (June 18, 2010)