Tenzing Rigdol is one of the most well-known Tibetan contemporary artist sbased in the United States. His work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing, digital media to video installations and site-specific performance pieces. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as in many different different cities around the world. His artworks are held in major museums and collections worldwide and is represented by the Rossi and Rossi Gallery, London.
Tenzing Rigdol was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1982 to Tibetan refugee parents. He went to school in India and Nepal and later moved to the United States to pursue his interest in art. He studied at the University of Colorado and graduated in 2004 with a degree in art and philosophy. Tenzing is also an accomplished poet and his works have been published by Tibet Writes group. Tenzing, currently resides in Queens, New York City.
In Nepal, during the procurement of the contraband, 20,000kgs of soil from Tibet, artist Tenzing Rigdol worked with Tibetan Tomden (pictured above). Tomden is another childhood friend of Rigdol’s from his days at the Tibetan Children’s Village, a school for Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India. In order to acquire the soil for the art-installation, he took great risks, traveling to the border regions of Nepal and Chinese occupied Tibet. For Tomden, being involved in this project was a sacrifice he was willing to make for the Tibetan people.
Poetry of Line Number 4, Acrylic on Canvas, Tenzing Rigdol 2008