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Xiawu Tsering-big shot of Regong art
09:35, December 15, 2008  

The deceased Xiawu Tsering, born in 1921, a Tu nationality, fairly claims to be a "big shot" in traditional Regong art of Tibetan Buddhism. In his 70-plus years, he has finished more than one thousand pieces of colorful paintings of Buddha and many of them are still kept in noted monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.

Xiawu Tsering began his painting career at his seven in Wutushang Village, one of the birthplaces of Regong art, in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province. He has studied in the Kumbum Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Qinghai Province, for six years with his teacher. Many of the paintings in the Kumbum Monasery were made by them.

He once followed the step of China's famous Chinese painting master Zhang Daqian to study painting and copying from fresco in Dunhuang of Gansu Province, which enriched his knowledge and enabled him to better understand the soul of religionary painting for both Tibetan and Han styles.

After his graduation at his 23, Xiawu Tsering started touring the monasteries in China's Tibetan-inhabited areas, such as Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.

The painting works of Xiawu Tsering are imbued with a special artistic style of his own, absorbing different piths from different regions. His Thangka works enjoy a wide popularity and praises from all over China and even foreign counties. Some of them are collected in the Potala Palace, Kumbum Monastery, National Art Museum of China and some art galleries in the USA, Japan, India, Nepal and other foreign territories.

His works, "Life of Sakyamuni", "Figure of the Goddess of Avalokiteshvara", "Figure of the Buddha of Light","Eight-horse Mammon" and so on, were highly valued by domestic and foreign experts as "rarity of Chinese folk art" and "miracle in Qinghai-Tibet Highland", when being displayed in many Chinese cities and southeastern Asia countries.

In April 1988, Xiawu Tsering was awarded as "Master of Chinese Arts and Crafts". With endeavors of all his life, he has produced a breakthrough progress of Tibetan traditional Regong art.

Source:eng.tibet.cn

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