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Parting the Curtain: Asian Art Revealed

Thangka Painting Demonstration by Rinzing Gyaltsen Yongewa

November 4, 2007; 1:30 p.m.

Bancroft Lobby

Tibetan Buddhist and ritual arts form a key section of Parting the Curtain, and this demonstration by artist Rinzing Gyaltsen Yongewa will illuminate the tangible spirituality of painting thangkas (“rolled paintings” of religious subjects) like the ones seen in Gallery 4. Trained at a young age by his artist uncle and in a monastery atelier, and fortified by the encouragement of the Dalai Lama, Rinzing has spent twenty years mastering this complex art. He lives and works in Rohnert Park.

The golden form of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni will be the subject of the artist’s demonstration. While early stages of the process—such as the precise rendering of the iconographic features of the Buddha on the cotton canvas—are documented in a video that will be running in the lobby, the artist in person will be applying some of the 250-plus colors that can make up such images, as he answers questions from BAM/PFA visitors.