Born in 1974 Rajbiraj, Nepal. From an early age I was interested in drawing and sculpture, and spent most of my time drawing and sculpting copies of Hindu Gods from photos and sculptures. After high school my parents were set on the idea that I should study science, so after my school exams in 1991 I ran away from Rajbiraj to Delhi, India. I spent the years from 1991-94 as a sign board and wall painter. In 1995 I returned to Kathmandu and joined the Fine Art College. That was a big moment of my life, I realised my dream to become a painter and hurried to learn every thing as fast as possible. During College I had several group shows and exhibitions. My first solo exhibition was in 1999 which was successful, and the Professor and Campus Chief of the Fine Art College and prominent artist Govinda Dangol dubbed me Lion Heart. That exhibition included my 27ft X 9ft commissioned work that was later displayed in Hannover, Germany and Austria in 2000.
Following that first solo exhibition, I began a nation-wide solo cycle tour to spread the awareness of peace through art under the title The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace. During that 3 month tour I held several art shows, workshops, and gave lectures in schools, and to community groups. Following the cycle tour of Nepal, I travelled and held solo exhibitions in Mumbai, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. I then graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2003.
For my further study I joined the MA Fine Art course in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2006 but relatively soon thereafter I got the chance of private sponsorship and moved to the UK to study. I qualified with an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008.
To date I have held 22 solo art exhibitions and group shows – in Nepal and internationally. I have also co-ordinated a number of Art Workshops under the sponsorship of the UN and Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. My art works can be found in private, public, as well government collections in Nepal and private collections worldwide.
Select Solo Exhibitions:
Solo art exhibition “Pillars of Hope” Ashaka Khambaharu: The Siddhartha Art Gallery, June 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
Solo art exhibition “Colours of Peace” at Singha Art Gallery, Patan Industrial Area, Kathmandu, Nepal
Solo art exhibition ‘Peace through Painting': Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, National Art Gallery. Inaugurated by His Excellency, Mr. Bhagirath Basnet, also by WHO Representative and Chief of Mission to Bangladesh Mrs. Suniti Acharya.
Solo art exhibition, ‘Art & Music for Peace': Hosted by Lions Clubs international and Leo Club of Kathmandu, Bagmati at the Verge Inn Club, Soaltee Mode, Nepal, January 2004.
Solo art exhibition ‘Painting for Peace' 2003: Presented by the British Council, Nepal. Inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Princess Prerana Laxmi Devi Singh, H M Ambassador Mr. Keith Bloomfield, the Director British Council, Nepal Mrs. Barbara Hewitt.
Solo exhibition “Solidarity of Youth for Peace and Development” . Paintings of peace at the International Leo Youth Camp in Biratnagar, Nepal, inaugurated by House of Representatives member, Mrs. Chitralekha Yadav. (August 2003)
Solo art exhibition, “Important figures of Saptari District”, Mahendra Club of Rajbiraj, Saptari, Nepal. Inaugurated by Dr. Shashank Koirala in Saptari. More than ten thousand people attended this exhibition. All 26 paintings donated to the Rajbiraj Municipality. (January 2003)