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SOJOURNER: Regong Thangka

Opening Reception: 

May 19, 2023,  6:00-8:30 pm

Exhibition on View: 

May 17 - June 17, 2023

Sojourner Gallery

446 W 34th Street 4th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Wednesday to Friday 11 am-6 pm,
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Announcing our new exhibition - Sojourner REGONG THANGKA. 

Sojourner Gallery is pleased to announce Sojourner REGONG THANGKA, a group exhibition featuring Sang Jiejia, Cairang Zhaxi, and Ga Zangben. Thangka is a kind of religious painting. It generally represent mystic symbols (mandala), divinities of Tibetan Buddhism or Bon, or portraits of the Dalai Lama. They are often used as support for meditation. The Dui tapestries (duixiu) or barbola are pictures of animals and plants, decorated on silk, which creates a relief.


Sang JIejia, Vaisravand 八马财神, 2021
Thangka over cloth, 39 x 27 inches

Sang Jiejia (桑杰加, b. 1986), male, Tu ethnic group of China, was born in Wutun Shangzhuang, Longwu Town, Tongren City, Huangnan Prefecture, Qinghai Province. As a child, he studied under the famous Regong artist Gendan Gyatso to learn Thangka painting. At the age of 16, he had mastered the various skills of traditional Thangka painting. He has been engaged in Thangka painting for more than 20 years.


Cairang Zhaxi, Shakyamuni Buddha 释迦牟尼佛, 2021
Thangka over cloth, 32 x 24 inches

Cairang Zhaxi (才让扎西, b. 1982), the Tibetan ethnic group of China, is a male artist born in Wutun, Tongren County, Qinghai Province. He is skilled in the traditional Tangka techniques of the Rebgong art style and learned under the tutelage of Sangjieben. He has systematically studied all the processes of Tangka painting and focused on basic skills training during

his academic career. After decades of practice, he gradually became a skilled and unique Tangka painter with his own style.


Ga Zangben, Red Tang Yamantaka 红唐大威德金刚, 2021
Thangka over cloth, 39 x 27 inches

Ga Zangben (尕藏本, b. 1996), the Tibetan ethnic group of China, was born in Wutun Shangzhuang, an artistic family in Tongren City, Qinghai Province. From a young age, he was exposed to the art of painting under the guidance of his grandfather and father. He studied Thangka painting under the guidance of his uncle Gedun Jinba, and at the age of 13, he became a disciple of the Chinese master of arts and crafts, Gedun Daji, to learn the skills of Thangka painting. After eight years of intensive study and practice, he received his mas- ter’s recognition in 2016 and began his career in Thangka painting. In order to constantly improve his painting skills, he also studied Tibetan Buddhist clay sculpture with his father Xia Wu. Due to his diligence and talent, he stood out among his peers, and continued to deepen his learning and research. In 2014, he was honored with the title of State-level Master of Folk Arts and Crafts in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. In Decem- ber 2019, he won the Silver Award in the Qinghai Province Thangka Artist’s Fine Thangka Competition held in the museum during the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peo- ple’s Republic of China and the liberation of Xining City’s Chengdong District.

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