Tenzing Rigdol

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Tenzing Rigdol is a contemporary Tibetan artist whose work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to digital, video-installation, performance art and site specific pieces. His paintings are the products of collective influences and interpretations of age-old traditions; they are influenced by philosophy; often capture the ongoing issues of human conflicts; and have strong political undertones – for him, politics is an unavoidable element in his art. Indeed in recent years Rigdol has become a focus for young Tibetan diaspora precisely because of the political nature of his art.

Born in 1982 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Rigdol and his family were granted political asylum in the USA in 2002. Rigdol has extensively studied Tibetan sand painting, butter sculpture and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal. In 2003 he earned a diploma in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and in 2005 he was awarded a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, USA. Rigdol is also an accomplished poet, having published three collections of poetry, “R”–the Frozen Ink (2008), Anatomy of Nights (20011) and Butterfly’s Wings (2011), printed by Tibet Writers.

He has been widely exhibited internationally and his artworks are included in public and private collections around the world. In 2011 his widely reported Our Land, Our People involved the covert transportation of 20 tonnes of soil out of Tibet, through Nepal, to Dharamsala. There, displaced Tibetans were given the opportunity to walk on their home soil once again. The journey to smuggle the soil across across three borders is documented in Bringing Tibet Home, a documentary directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, that was awarded the Young European Jury Award (Prix du Jury de Junes Européens) at the 27th edition of FIPA (Interantional Festival of Audiovisual Programmes. In 2014, Rigdol became one of only two contemporary Tibetan artists to be included in the exhibition Tibet and India: New Beginnings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His work Pin Drop Silence: Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara was also the first work by a contemporary Tibetan artist to be acquired by the Met.

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Resonance

    2016
    Ink of paper
    69 x 52 x 4.5 cm (27 x 20 ½ x 1 ¾ in)

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    Landscape

    2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    178 x 453 cm (70 ¼ x 178 ½ in)

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    Melong

    2013
    Collage and silk brocade on canvas
    167.6 x 152.4 cm (66 x 60 in)

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    Nya-ki-mi-key Mandala

    2008
    acrylic on canvas
    118 x 118 cm (46 ½ x 46 ½ in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Soliloquy

    2009
    digital photograph
    122 x 91 cm (48 x 36 in)
    edition 2 of 8
    US$ 6,000

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    Buddha-Ahh! Deconstruction Experience

    2007
    oil on canvas
    175 x 120 cm (69 x 47 ¼ in)

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    Poetry of Lines, Number 4

    2008
    acrylic on canvas
    20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 in)

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    Repetition and Reincarnation

    2007
    oil on canvas
    99 x 137 cm (39 x 54 in)

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    The Metamorphosis of Life

    2007
    oil on canvas
    122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    Milarepa, Me and Robert Frost – Listening to a Poem: The Road not Taken

    2007
    oil on canvas
    127 x 162.5 cm (50 x 64 in)

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    Com-Passion

    2007
    pastel, watercolour, scriptures and magazine cuttings
    97 x 119 cm (38 ¼ x 46 ¾ in)

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    Let it be Love

    2008
    oil and acrylic on canvas
    152.5 x 121.5 cm (60 x 47 ¾ in)

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    Samadhi

    2009
    acrylic on canvas
    100 x 75 cm (39 ¼ x 29 ½ in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    The Art of Happiness

    2010
    Mixed media
    152 x 91 cm (59 ¾ x 35 ¾ in)

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    Alone, Exhausted and Asleep

    2010
    Brocade, collage and scriptures
    137 x 334 cm (54 x 131 ½ in)

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    Buddha/Mao-padda

    2010
    Watercolour with pen and scripture
    28.5 x 75.5 cm (11 ¼ x 29 ¾ in)

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    My Exilic Experience

    2011
    Subways maps, fabrics and scriptures
    each panel 91.5 x 61 cm (36 x 24 in

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Do No Politics

    Acrylic, map, silk brocade and scripture
    122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

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    Kriti - From the Ashes of Agony

    2011
    acrylic on canvas
    200.5 x 529 cm (79 x 208 ¼ in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Phew!

    2011
    acrylic on canvas
    114.3 x 91.4 cm (45 x 36 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Evolution of Tibetan Psychology 2011

    2011
    Safety pins, acrylics on scripture
    27.5 x 27.5 x 3 cm (10 3⁄4 x 10 3⁄4 x 1 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Buddha’s Non-violent Warriors

    2012
    Collage, magazine and photographic images and silk brocade
    91 x 91 cm (35¾ x 35¾)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Autonomy

    2011
    Collage, silk brocade and scripture
    200 x 200 cm (78 ¾ x 78 ¾ in)

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    Brief History of Tibet

    2004
    Acrylic on canvas
    Unframed: 181.5 x 301 cm (71 ½ x 118 ½ in) Framed: 191 x 305 cm (75 x 121 ¼ in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Premise #3

    2012
    Collage, silk brocade and scripture
    75 X 50 cm (29 ½ x 19 ¾ in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    A Ripple in Time #5 Fear

    2013
    Acrylic on paper
    Diameter 50 cm (19 ¾ in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Transit

    2013
    s3304
    Pastel and scripture on paper
    28 x 74 cm (11 x 29 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Aes Dhammno Sanantano - Change is the Ethernal Law

    2006
    p56
    Collage magazine and scriptures
    96 x 63 cm (37.7 x 24.8 in)

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    I had a dream...

    2013
    USA
    Pure Gold (24k) and Acrylic on paper
    28 x 23 cm (11 x 9 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    On a Distant Land

    2014
    USA
    Collage, Silk Brocade and Scripture
    203 x 122 cm (80 x 48 in)

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    This, That and Beyond

    2014
    USA
    24k gold on treated canvas
    76 x 61 cm (30 x 24 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Afloat

    2012
    USA
    Collage, silk brocade and scripture
    152 cm x 122 cm (60 x 48 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    A Good Place to Start!

    2014
    USA
    24k gold on painted board
    15.24 x 15.24 cm (6 x 6 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    The 14th Dalai Lama

    2014
    Collage
    122 x 122 cm (48 x 48 in)

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    My world is in Your Blind-spot

    2014
    Silk Brocade, Scripture
    Five panels, 182 x 182 cm (6 x 6 ft) each

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Unhealed

    2010
    Chromogenic colour print
    71 x 63.5 cm (28 x 25 in)
    US$ 3,500

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Match Stick

    2012
    Epson ink-jet print on semi-gloss paper, with video of the performance
    35.5 x 33 cm (14 x 13 in)
    edition 7 of 12
    US$ 2,500

  • Tenzing Rigdol
    Arrested Landscape II

    2016
    Acrylic on paper
    32 x 53 cm (12 ½ x 21 in)

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