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. The artist has since amassed experiences that have resulted in his creation of striking mixed-media works that experiment with forms and imagery from traditional art and culture. His works address universal concerns: 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 solo and group exhibitions in China, Europe and the United States, and are held in public and private collections worldwide. He is currently poised to participate 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, on view from 14 May to 26 July 2015.