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Throughout the process of creating a painting the artist is aware that they are involved in the creation of a divine entity.  As a creator, an artist understands that they are bringing a deity’s life and soul into this world, a world full of suffering in order to benefit humanity and to protect the universe.  This awareness is manifested in the artists devotion, humbleness, and humility throughout the creation process.

It is important for spiritual artists to embrace high moral values, to work selflessly with dedication, to maintain humility and to try to become like a beautiful rose; fragrance and beauty of a rose travels far and wide and attracts anyone and everyone. The artist inherits two kind of beauty – his own beauty as well as the beauty of his creation where the former transcends into latter. Such beauty allows the artist’s spiritual elevation as well as benefits the entire humanity.

The Artists

Master Locho and Sarika Singh, renowned artists and teachers of Buddhist Paintings, are committed to the practice, preservation, and promotion of Buddhist art in its traditional form. They reside in Dharamsala, India, in the Himalayan Mountains where they have established  'Center for Living Buddhist Art.' With their mission of a unique center, it will keep the ancient art depicting Buddhist and other Himalayan themes alive. It is committed to helping people become aware of the high quality artwork happening today and connecting us to the rich cultural heritage of our country especially the Himalayan regions particularly Himachal Pradesh.

Master Locho began his artistic journey in 1988 by learning Thangka painting under the guidance of Master Tempa Choephel, the Master teacher at the prestigious Norbulingka Institute. He eventually served as the Assistant Master at Norbulingka until 2001. Presently, Master Locho creates masterpiece paintings in addition to teaching Thangka painting to the next generation of artists. Master Locho is currently considered one of the finest and most skilled teachers of Buddhist art.

Sarika Singh resides in Dharamsala with her husband, Master Locho. She is considered to be the first Indian woman to have achieved the distinguished status of becoming a Thangka painter and teacher of Buddhist art. After graduating from the Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi in 1997, she began her studies in the art of Thangka painting at the Norbulingka Institute. She completed her Masters degree in Buddhist and Tibetan studies from Punjab University, and is currently pursuing her PhD from Central University Himachal Pradesh.

The 'Center for Living Buddhist Art' includes the Museum of Himalayan Arts, Buddhist Art School and a practicing Art Studio. The aim of this one of a kind center is to keep the ancient art of depicting Buddhist themes alive in our contemporary world.

The Museum of Himalayan Arts will exhibit a selection of the finest paintings made by both Master Locho and Sarika Singh. The Museum, recently under construction, will make people aware of the high quality of work which is happening today. It will connect all of us to the rich cultural heritage of our country especially the Himalayan regions particularly Himachal Pradesh.

The Buddhist Art School is committed to preserving, promoting, documenting and transmitting Buddhist Art to the new generation through workshops and courses. The school is engages itself in training young artists and providing them the unique skills necessary to paint quality paintings. At present, it is the only school of its kind in the world and has transformed into an important destination for a variety of artists, scholars, researchers and students interested in Himalayan art.

The Art studio provides the clients the unique opportunity to commission artwork from the master artists Master Locho. And Sarika Singh continue to take private commissions. They are currently engaged in the creation of a series of paintings that require intense research, creativity and understanding of Buddhist Art and other Himalayan subjects.

Both Master Locho and Sarika Singh have served as members of various committees of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India including the Expert Advisory Committee. Sarika presented Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with a White Tara Thangka at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women at Delhi University in New Delhi, India in the year 2012.  She has traveled extensively in the world holding workshops, seminars, and exhibitions in New York, Washington, Bloomington, Virginia, Arizona, and Colorado in the United States, London, England, Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Austria and Germany in Europe. Sarika's numerous workshops and residencies include a residency at the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum during the Tibet Festival in Staten Island, New York in 2007.  She also has held Visiting Artists workshops at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado in 2004 as well another in Graz, Austria in 2000. 

Recognitions and Awards

  • 2015 - Sarika Singh, Academic advisor to Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar and Artist, Department of State, USA
  • 2013 - Sarika Singh, Expert Advisory Committee Member for 'Preservation of Himalayan Cultural Heritage', Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  • 2012 - Sarika Singh, Expert Advisory Committee Member for 'Scholarships to Young Artists', Ministry of Culture, Government of India
    Master Locho, Expert Advisory Committee  Member for 'Preservation of Himalayan Cultural Heritage', Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  • 2011 - Sarika Singh, recognition by Honorable Union Minister of Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of Culture, Kumari Selja
    Sarika Singh, Expert Advisory Committee Member for Preservation of  Buddhist/Tibetan  Culture and Art, Ministry of Culture,  Government of India
  • 2010 - Sarika Singh, First Indian woman to become a Thangka painter and Teacher, The office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • 2006 - Sarika Singh, Top 50 Most Distinguished Alumni, Lady Shri College for Women, Golden Jubilee Celebration
  • 1997 - Sarika Singh, 'Prize for Art and Décor, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University
    Sarika Singh, Gurukal Project Scholarship,  Foundation for Universal Responsibility, His Holiness Dalai Lama
  • 1996    Sarika Singh, Gurukal Project Scholarship,  Foundation for Universal Responsibility, His Holiness Dalai Lama

Workshops and Residencies

  • 2007 - Visiting Artist, The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum, Tibet Festival, Staten Island, New York, USA
  • 2004 - Visiting Artist, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • 2000 - Artist Workshop, Graz, Austria

Exhibitions and Commissions

  • 2010 - Exhibition coinciding with the Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • 2008 - Exhibition coinciding with the Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sydney, Australia
    Exhibition coinciding with the Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, London, United Kingdom
  • 2007 - Featured Artist, Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Zealand
    Featured Artist, Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Germany
    Featured Artist, Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New York, USA
    Featured Artist, Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • 2006 - Featured Artist, Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New York, USA
  • 2005 - Official backdrop Paintings, Shantideva Teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Commissioned by Arizona Teachings, Inc.,Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Exhibition coinciding with the Shantideva Teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • 2003 - Radiant Transmission: Contemporary Masterpieces of Tibetan Buddhist Art, October Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • 2002 - Official backdrop paintings, Kālachakra Initiation  Ceremony for World Peace, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, commissioned by the She Drup Ling Buddhist Centre, Graz, Austria.
    Exhibition coinciding with the Kālachakra Initiation Ceremony for World Peace, Graz,  Austria.