In 2009 Flera Birmane (Konchog Chodon) graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia. After a visit to Ladakh, she decided to continue her studies in traditional Tibetan thangka painting at the Tsering Art school, under the guidance of master-painter Konchog Lhadrep. During this time, Flera also studied mineral stone pigment painting with master-painter Sudarshan Suwal of the Nepalese tradition.
Tsering Art School is located at Shechen Monastery, near to the Great Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal. It is a Thangka painting school of the Karma Gardri tradition and was established by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche in 1996. Artists train for six years under the guidance of Konchog Lhadrepa, one of the last authentic holders of the Karma Gardri tradition. He studied thangka painting in Sikkim under the guidance of master-painter Lhadre Tragyel. He is not only an accomplished thangka painter but is also a seasoned Dharma practitioner with a deep understanding and knowledge of Buddhism. He has long practiced and studied under the guidance of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and he is also the author of "The Path To Liberation", a manual of thangka painting.
Sudarshan Suwal is recognized as one of the most prominent painters of the Nepalese Buddhist tradition in Nepal. He has won several prizes in national competitions, and his thangkas have been exhibited at solo shows in Nepal and Denmark. In 2001, he was invited to teach at Sechen Monastery in Bhutan. He has personally worked on wall paintings in the Vasundhara Temple at Swayambhu and he also worked on the wall paintings for the Little Buddha movie.
Below you will find a selection of fine art Thangka prints from the existing works of Flera Birmane. Her stunningly beautiful paintings are genuine practice supports that carry the blessing of an authentic Thangka tradition.