Gonkar Gyatso is a Tibetan-born British artist. Born in 1961 in Lhasa, Gyatso moved to London in the late ’90s on a scholarship to study at the Chelsea School of Art and Design, where he attained his MA in Fine Art. Gyatso also studied Chinese brush painting in Beijing, attaining a BFA, and Thangka painting (traditional Tibetan scroll painting) in Dharamsala. The artist is the founder of the Sweet Tea House, a contemporary art gallery dedicated to showing Tibetan work, based in London, which he ran from 2003–10. The artist was the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2003 and was an artist-in-residence at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Gyatso’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), The City Gallery (Wellington, New Zealand), The Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia), the Rubin Museum of Art (New York, USA), the National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China), the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (Scotland), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London, UK), the Burger Collection (Switzerland), the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam (the Netherlands), and the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia). Gyatso has participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale, the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, and the 17th Sydney Biennale. Hiswork has also been collected by important institutions around the world.