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Artist: Pema Rinzin

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Pema Rinzin (b.1966) studied Tibetan painting from 1979 through 1983 in Dharamsala, India, and taught at the Tibetan Children's Village School there from 1984 through 1992. From 1995 through 2004 he worked as an artist-in-residence at the Shoko Temple and Institute, Nagano, Japan, where he completed eight major Buddhist paintings for Yuko Mikasaka, the abbot of the Shingon Temple. After completing his residency, he traveled to Bamberg, Germany, where he had his first European exhibition at the City Gallery. Pema Rinzin was the first artist-in-residence at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

At the Rubin Museum of Art Pema painted a very large depiction of the Four Guardian Kings which was later included the exhibition called BIG! He was also a contributor for the Flag Project and created a work for the group exhibition and subsequent publication. During the length of the exhibition 'Bon, the Magic Word' Pema created a large format black and white panel with depictions of animals and nature scenes. He also curated his own exhibition called the Artist-in-Residence Showcase using both his own works and paintings from the RMA collection. His last work at the RMA was a large format painting of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas. (Unfortunately all of the links introducing Pema Rinzin and highlighting the traditional paintings he created for the RMA have been removed from their website).

Examples of Works:
- Four Guardian Kings
- Mahasiddha Drawings
- Animal & Nature Scenes
- Tsongkapa
- 10th Karmapa
- Shri Shmasahana Adhipati Drawing
- Others...

Jeff Watt 9-2008