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For Gade, Tibet is not a changeless museum of mysticism. It is TV and KFC, Levi’s and Budweiser. He uses traditional iconography, cloth and pigments. But his scroll-format paintings are as likely to include Ronald McDonald or Spiderman as the Buddha.


He has always been entranced by ancient Tibetan painting, especially old wall paintings that have survived for several hundred years, the originally pure, strong colours of which have become mottled with age. 

Paintings from his 'New Buddha Series' and his 'Diamond Series' reflect this culture shock with images of such American iconic pop figures as Mickey Mouse, Spiderman and the Hulk appearing in the centre of traditional-looking works.



1971               Born in Lhasa

1991               Graduated from the School of Fine Arts, Tibet University in Lhasa,

                      with a degree in Traditional Chinese Realism Painting

1992              Studied Art Theory in Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 

Solo Exhibitions


2012              Black Classic, Boers Li Gallery, Beijing  

                      Mountains and Rivers, Rossi & Rossi, Art HK

2010              Gade: Half Tibetan – Half Chinese, PW Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008             Mushroom Cloud, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong

                      Making Gods, Rossi & Rossi, London

2004             Lost Horizon, Sweet Tea House Gallery, London

2003             Art From Tibet, Sweet Tea House Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2012               All Our Relations, 18th Sydney Biennale

2011               What's So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding?, Rossi & Rossi 

                      Roundabout, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2010              Scorching Sun Of Tibet, Songzhuang Art Center

                      Roundabout, City Gallery Wellington

                      Boys and Girls Come Out To Play, Rossi & Rossi

2009             Four Tibetan Contemporary Masters, PW Contemporary Gallery
2008              Return to Lhasa – Second Annual Tibetan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Red Gate Gallery 

                       ShContemporary Art Fair, Shanghai

                       55 Days in Valencia – Chinese Art Meeting, Museum of Modern Art, Valencia

2007              Reincarnation, Doris McCarthy Gallery, UTSC, Toronto

                       Counsciousness and Form: Tibetan Contemporary Art, Rossi & Rossi

                       Lhasa: New Art From Tibet, Red Gate Gallery

                       Inside Out – Tibetan Contemporary Art, Tibetan Gedrun Choephel, Lhasa

                       Tibetan Encounters: Contemporary Meets Tradition, Neuhoff Gallery, New York

2006              Art From The Roof Of The World: Contemporary Paintings From Tibet,

                       Siebengebirgs Museum, Konigswinter, Germany

                       Lhasa Train, Peaceful Wind Gallery, Sante Fe

                       The Waves on the Turquoise Lake - Contemporary Expression of Tibetan Art,

                        University of Colorado Museum, Boulder, USA

2005              From Classic to Contemporary Visions From Tibet,

                       Rossi & Rossi and Sweet Tea House Gallery

2002              Transversing Cultures: Observations in Time and Space,

                        Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art Center, New York 

                       Visions of Tibet, Sung Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York 

                        Modern Mythologies, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York

2001                Tibetan Paintings Exhibition, Beijing Gallery

2000               Even By The Mountains - Tibetan Contemporary Artists, Macao

1999               Tibet Snowy Pearl Contemporary Paintings, Beijing International Book Gallery

1998                Han Shunli, Gade, Kuala Lumpur

“I am interested in the state of people who are living in this ever-changing society.” 

“In most people's minds, Tibet is an ancient, mysterious and exotic place. The notion of 'Tibet' is a conundrum. When outsiders actually visit Tibet, especially Lhasa, they get culture shock when they see all the pop culture, fast food, rock music, Coke and beer, brand name clothing, Hollywood movies, the nightlife scene, etc. I think Lhasa ought to be renamed Lhasa Vegas." 

10 am - 6 pm, Tuesday - Sunday
798 Art District,
No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Beijing International Post Office
Box No. 9039,
Beijing, China 100600
(+86 10) 5762 3032
(+86) 137 0107 8721
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