Tibetan Contemporary Art
Many trace the beginning of Tibetan contemporary art to Gendun Chophel (1903-1951), an unconventional artist, scholar, and author. In the 1980s, a number of artists in Lhasa, many of whom trained at national level arts institutions in China and elsewhere, began creating works that drew upon traditional training yet transformed imagery in unusual and compelling ways. These early artists formed a group known as the Sweet Tea House. In 2003, the Gendun Choephel Artists' Guild was founded and based on the Lhasa Barkhor. In addition to significant artistic production taking place in and around Lhasa, and the export of their works abroad, numerous Tibetans outside Tibet are creating and exhibiting artwork throughout the world.