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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tibetan painter Karma Phuntsok returns

Raised in the refugee schools of Dharamsala, apprenticed to a Master Thanka painter, living in the Bush of Australia, internationally respected Tibetan artist Karma Phuntsok, right, is returning to Coconut Grove. With the violence that rocks our modern world, people are longing to reconnect to love, hope and humanity. Karma's recent works are an offshoot of traditional Tibetan Buddhist Paintings, aimed at the audience who appreciates contemporary art.  For the first two weeks of December, Dharma Yoga Studio will happily revert to its origins as a contemporary art gallery, so that Karma can bring the neighborhood to life with his ethereal artwork. 

Please join in for three events to celebrate his return to Miami:

Opening Reception:  Wednesday December 2, 7-10 pm

Loving Kindness for a Modern World:
Recent Works by Tibetan Artist Karma Phuntsok

Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and see the candid spin he puts on the Thangka tradition with his pop-culture commentary, tinged with nostalgia for his homeland, with Buddhist devotion, and tributes to Australia, where he's lived for decades.

Saturday December 12, 7-10 pm   
Art in Exile: Comparing Tibet & Cuba
An Open Discussion with Karma Phuntsok and Dr. Juan Martínez
moderated by Natalie Morales 


When people are displaced by politics, the art that emerges from splintered cultures can communicate the nuances of exile, at a glance. Since the late 1950's, artists from Tibet and Cuba have lived similar realities as refugees and immigrants, despite the distance separating them. Celebrated art historian Dr. Martínez (of FIU) will compare (and contrast) the most salient themes of this disparate art, and Karma will describe his motives in using Tibetan Buddhist imagery to translate his experience onto canvas. 

Sunday December 13, 1-5 pm  

Intro to The Sacred Geometry of Drawing the Buddha
An Art Workshop with Karma Phuntsok 

When you look at the ethereal deities in Karma's drawings, you'll note a calming sense of balance and proportion in each composition. This deliberate symmetry is an application of the principles of the sacred geometry of traditional Thangka Art. In this workshop, you'll practice the foundations of this revered style, as Karma guides you in creating your own drawings of the Buddha.  No art experience necessary.  
All supplies will be provided.  $50 in advance / $60 at door. 

RSVP / register for these events at
dharmastudio.com/upcoming.workshops.and.events/

All events held at DHARMA STUDIO, 3170 Commodore Plaza; for info:  305.724.9646

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