Massimo Antonaci
Billy Apple
Rasheed Araeen
Siah Armajani
Fereydoun Ave
Bertozzi & Casoni
Faiza Butt
Szelit Cheung
Vittoria Chierici
Christopher Doyle
Naiza Khan
Abbas Kiarostami
Kesang Lamdark
Lee Mingwei
Ma Desheng
Erbossyn Meldibekov
Tenzing Rigdol
Leang Seckon
Tsherin Sherpa
Elisa Sighicelli
Nicole Wong
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Born Norbu Tsering in 1963 in Lhasa, Nortse has studied at various schools, including Tibet University in Lhasa, the Central Arts Academy in Beijing and art academies in Guangzhou and Tianjing. Since the mid-1980s, Nortse has been moving between a diversity of mediums - photography, performance, painting, installation and ready-made multimedia compositions and sculpture. The experience the artist amassed  resulted in his creation of striking mixed-media works that experiment with forms and imagery from traditional art and culture. His subjects range from landscapes to (self) portraits, from claustrophobic interiors and expansive horizons, from the sacred to the profane.

The works  of Nortse address universal concerns  through a tightly focused Lhasa (Nortse's home) lens: global warming, environmental degradation, overpopulation, alcoholism among the youth, the erosion of culture and tradition, and the desire to establish one’s own identity in a world of mass media. Given the recent history of Tibet, the artist addresses these issues with an added urgency and poignancy.

Nortse’s works have been exhibited in Go east, a showcase of works from the Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in 2015, amongst other  solo and group exhibitions in China, Europe and the United States, and are held in public and private collections worldwide.

Selected Works
The Mask Face
Oil on canvas
130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)
The White Mask
Oil on canvas
130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)
Samsara: Object in Close-up no.3
Mixed media on canvas
80 x 80 cm
Mandala - The State of Imbalance
Mixed media
135 x 135 cm
nyi ma mar po - Red Sun
Wood, Tibetan paper, katag, plastic tubes, acrylic, metal statue fragment
75 x 75 cm
Big Brother
55 x 33 cm
Father's Violin No.1
Mixed media
130 x 130 cm
The State I Am In No.3
Mixed media
130 x 130 cm
Wood, prayer flags, fragments (glass, plastic, prayer beads, paper etc.)
29.7 x21 x 6 cm (11 ¾ x 8 ¼ in x 2 ½ in) each
Dzi Bread
Oil on canvas
130 x 130 cm (51 x 51 in)
Art Basel Hong Kong 2021
May 19
May 23, 2021
Paper Dreams
May 9
Jun 6, 2015
Jun 21
Aug 24, 2014
Dec 9
Jan 23, 2014
Bandaged Landscape
May 2
Jun 8, 2012
Self-Portraits - The State of Imbalance
Feb 14
Mar 22, 2008
Consciousness and Form
Oct 4
Oct 26, 2007
Tibetan Encounters: Contemporary meets Tradition
Mar 19
Mar 27, 2007