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Gade

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.

From:http://www.whiterabbitcollection.org/

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.

From:http://www.rossirossi.com

 

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." 

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