Phurbu was born in 1974 in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), China. Now he lives and works in Lhasa, Tibet, China. He graduated from Lhasa Teacher College in 1994. Currently, he is one of the founders of Bocun Art Space and teaching at Lalu primary school in Tibet. His works were exhibited in different art institutions, such as a gallery in Nepal, Coral & Feather Gallery (Beijing), Songzhuang Art Center (Beijing) and Bocun Art Space (Lhasa). Currently, he participated in The 9th China International Youth Art Festival (Beijing) and The 13th Asian Contemporary Art Show (Hong Kong).
I think artists are the most sensitive animals, who raise meaningful questions and warnings of current events, thus, triggering thoughts and affecting people. It is my creative concept to expose the society and institutional problem with the power of the individual strength. Each work, which I created, was to scream of the current events. Even if the event was small and superficial, I still had to focus on the problems and expressed my personal opinions, so as to prompt people to summarize, think and change the events.
I continue to explore whether the local Tibetan Thangka culture and Western oil painting can be harmoniously integrated in one picture, so as to express a better visual effect as the main form. The fusion of Thangka’s symbols and oil paintings can be seen in the three-works which exhibited in this show.