Home / Culture / Heritage

Thangka painter in SW China's Tibet

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-08-14 15:13 Comments

Thangka painter in SW China's Tibet

Pema Wanza (Right) changes costume for the live show in Lhasa, capital of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, Aug 8, 2015. [Photo by Liu Jinhai/Xinhua]

Thangka drawing starts with sketching orienting lines on the canvas, then followed by coloring with different pigments mixed with animal glue and ox bile. Painting a small piece of work needs one or two months, while a large work may take about one year.

Wanza always spends hours working in front of a piece of painting, and usually sings to relax when he feels tired. He sings well and his third album will be released on the upcoming Xuedun (Fermented Milk) Festival this year.

Three years ago, Wanza participated in the live show "Princess Wencheng" as a figurant. He draws thangka in the daytime and performs at night. "My dream is to become a top Thangka artist." said Wanza, "And the happiness in my life is the realization of my dream."

Most Popular