ASHA DANGOL
Visual Artist, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Asha Dangol completed his Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) from Tribhuvan University and Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (BFA) from Fine Arts College, Kathmandu. He is the co-founder of Kasthamandap Artists Group and E-Arts Nepal. A multidisciplinary artist, Asha has been practicing and creating arts and paintings and has been exhibiting his artworks since 1992. He has had 14 solo exhibitions and one retrospective show in Nepal and has been exhibited in different countries. He has participated in national and international art camps, workshops and residency programs. He is one of the Nepalese artists for the “Nepal Art Now” exhibition at Welt Museum Wien, Vienna Austria. He is the coordinator for the Himalayan Art Camp and Himalayan Art Festival organized by E-Arts Nepal.

He has been awarded by ‘Arniko Youth Award 2003’, ‘Best Prize – National Film Festival 2005’, ‘First Prize National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association of Fine Arts 2006’, ‘Special Regional Award – National Art Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts-2013’ and NAC Travel Grant 2015 & 2016 from Nepal Art Council. He holds the responsibility of Treasurer/Coordinator in ‘Prashanta Memorial Society’ and Coordinator for Artist-in-Residence, Jomsom. He also contributes short article on SPACES magazine on Nepali contemporary arts and artists.

His works have been collected by Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Nepal, Embassy of India-Nepal, Nepal Art Council, Himalayan Bank, Nepal Investment Bank, Sunrise Bank, Agni Group, Chaudhary Group, Fulbari Resort, Civil Group, ACE Apartment, Ghalia Art Foundation-Kenya, Andaman Art Museum-Thailand, Vertical Gallery-Thailand, Flamingo Group-Vietnam, Sasaran Art Museum-Malaysia, Chautara Gallery- Holland, D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust-India, Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation-India, Kalakriti Art Gallery- India, and private collection in Nepal and abroad.

He has traveled in USA, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, France, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia, Netherlands, China, Hungary, Austria, Japan and Vietnam. He lives and works in Kathmandu.

Asha Dangol’s paintings show the concern of environmental degradation along with the nostalgia of tradition and native cultural root with the sense of inter-textuality—interconnection between earlier and contemporary artworks, west and east, tradition and modernity.
Of course, modern development, science and technology, construction of roads and means of transportation have brought changes in the society, yet, they have polluted the environment, filled the atmosphere with smog, turned the green plants into black dead trees and destroyed theserenity and peace of the place; even the remote areas like Mustang and Manang have not been spared. The self portrait of the artist with mythical multiple hands depicts the imagination how would the gods feel seeing this space and atmosphere. The artist forecasts that a day
will come when all the people will be seen with mask connected with oxygen cylinder; even the deities will be portrayed with oxygen mask.
Not only the natural heritage but also the cultural heritage like ‘Mona Lisa’ has been threatened.Traditional architectures have been replaced with concrete and glass skyscrapers. In the concrete jungle, the human sentiment has become as hard and unfeeling as the concrete. The broken concrete body suggests the fragmented human experience in the contemporary society. Theartist’s imagination drifts, dazzles and floats between these two extremes with the disillusionment in the situation of whirlpool and vicious circle. It is the quest of artist’s identity in the atmosphere of chaos and confusion, the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.
Nevertheless, the tiny green shoots signify the artist’s expectation of regeneration.

The artist visually puts forward the question why people are addicted with guns and grenades, where the development of arms and ammunitions are taking our civilization; toward creation or destruction? Friendship or enmity?

The artworks are collaborative, for paubha artists and Mithila artists contributed to integrate traditional and folk elements in the paintings. This designates the artist’s attachment with nativecultural root. The artworks are inter-textual in the sense that Mona Lisa has been connected with the portrait of Erina Tamrakar, the elements of paubha and Mithila folk arts have been integrated with Asha Dangol’s surrealist compositions. The silent voice of the artworks is to save environment, to end war and to preserve natural and cultural heritage for peace, prosperity and harmony.

Text by: Yam Prasad Sharma, (PhD)

Co-Founder: Kasthamandap Artists Group & E-Arts Nepal
Treasurer/ Coordinator: Prashanta Memorial Society
Coordinator: Artist-in-Residence Jomsom, Himalayan Art Camp & Himalayan Art Festival Member: Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Young Artists Group, Artists’ Society of Nepal Education:
2010: Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Central Department of Fine Arts, Tribhuwan University 1996: Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Fine Arts College, Kathmandu, Nepal
1991: School Leaving Certificate – Bal Vidya Griha, Lalitpur, Nepal

Awards:

2019: Welt Museum Wien Travel Grant, Nepal Art Now Exhibition, Vienna, Austria 2015/2016: NAC Travel Grant, Nepal Art Council for India Art Fair, Delhi
2013: Special Regional Award – National Art Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts 2010: Consolation Award – IACC, Kathmandu

2006: 1st Prize – National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association of Fine Arts, Kathmandu 2005: Best Prize – National Film Festival, BICC, Kathmandu
2003: Araniko Youth Award and Gold Medal, Rastriya Yuwa Sewa Kosh, Kathmandu

Solo Art Exhibitions:

2018: The Wrathful Himalayas, Dalai-La Art Space, Kathmandu 2018: New Beginning, Dalai-La Art Space, Kathmandu
2017: Tradition Subverted, Yala Mandala, Patan
2014 : A 20-Year Retrospective, The City Museum Kathmandu
2013 : Parallel Journeys, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2011 : Avatars & Interpretations, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu 2010 : Aerial Perspective, Park Gallery, Lalitpur

2008 : Open Art Show, Park Gallery, Kathmandu
2008 : Open Art Show, Mitra Cafe, Kathmandu
2007 : The Scream, The Art Shop, Kathmandu
2007 : Ceramic Expressions, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu 2005 : Folk Fusion, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2004 : Inside the words, Gallery Moksh, Lalitpur
2002 : Folk Images of Nepal, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

Group Art Exhibition (International):

2019: Chiang Mai Art Connecting 2019, BlueChips and La Luna Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2019: Exhibition of Finest Artworks from Representative of Asian Artists, Hanoi, Vietnam 2019: Nepal Art Now Exhibition, Welt Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria
2019: Parallel Journey, Yak and Yeti, Vienna, Austria

2019: Kyusyu International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan
2018: Hanoi March Connecting 3rd, Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University, Hanoi, Vietnam
2018: 5th KMUNTB International Art Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand
2018: 2nd Andaman International Art Exhibition, Andaman Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand
2017: Shanghai International Art Exhibition, Hongqiao Contemporary and Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2016: KKB International Art Workshop and Exhibition, KKB, Malaysia
2016: Residency Art Exhibition, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India

2016: Intl Spring Art Camp, Jammu & Kashmir, India
2016: India Art Fair, New Delhi, India
2016: Khajuraho Art Festival, Khajuraho, India
2015: Nepali Art Show, LeSutra Gallery, Mumbai, India
2015: Asropa Intl Art Exhibition, Gunsan, South Korea
2015: Sasaran Intl Art Exhibition, Galarie Seni Mutiara, Penang, Malaysia 2014 : Sasaran Intl Art Festival and Exhibition, Sasaran, Malaysia

2013 : Namaste Nepal! Contemporary Artist Voices, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, USA 2013 : Namaste Nepal! Contemporary Artist Voices, Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, Mount Mercy University, IOWA, USA
2012: Arts of Nepal, The Art Center, Chicago, USA

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, L’Epicea Galleria, Briancon, France 2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, E-Funktion, Cologne, German
2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, Chautara Gallery, Almere, Netherlands 2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, Berlin, German

2010 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Cafe Arora, California, USA
2010 : Art exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Kolkatta, India
2009 : Nepali Art Show, Holland
2009 : Impression & Colour” SAARC Art Show, Hotel Radisson, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009 : Harmony, Reflections Art Gallery, Indore, India
2009 : Breaking Boundaries, Druk Hotel, Thimphu, Bhutan
2009 : Asian Art Festival, Changwon Asian Art Festival, South Korea
2008 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Belgium
2008 : Hotel Hyatt, Dubai, UAE
2008 : Himalayas of Nepal, Alpha Gallery, Seoul & Honggang Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea 2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, SomArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Gandhara Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 : Art exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Patna, India
2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Gallerie 25, San Francisco, USA

2006 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Chautara Gallery, Holland
2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India 2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Galerie de Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Den Blank, Belgium
2002 : Art exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Kolkota, India

Group Art Exhibitions (National):

2019: Amalgam, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2017-2019: Himalayan Art Festival, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu
2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara and Kathmandu
2014: Centenary Celebration of Poet Siddhicharan Shrestha, Painting on Poem, NAC
2013: Autumn Festival on celebration of 50th Anniversary of Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu 2013 : 20th Anniversary of Kasthamandap Art Studio, Sarwanam Gallery, Kathmandu
2011 : Sri Ganesh, Art Show at Nepal Art Council, SCC
2011 : Live Painting with Sukarma Music Group at Russian Culture Center
2011 : Live Painting with Rudra Music Group at Blue Notes
2010 : Samrishran, The Art Shop, Kathmandu
2010 : Peace – Paintings & Poetry, organized by Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kathmandu 2010 : IACC, National Level Paintings Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu
2010 : Grand Show, Rotary Club of Chandigarh, Sirjana Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2009 : Nepal – Bangladesh Art Show, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2009 : International Art Festival, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2009 : 15th Anniversary of Kasthamandap, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2008 : World Festival, NAFA
2008 : Bagmati on Canvas, Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu
2008 : Amalgam, Exhibition organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2007: Sangalo, Exhibition organized by Nepal Lalitkala Manch
2007: Amalgam, Exhibition organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2007 : Sarbonam Art Exhibition, Art Council, Kathmandu

2007 : Nature’s Call, IUCN, Art Council, Kathmandu
2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, The Art Shop, Durbar Marg
2007 : Kasthamandap Group Show, GTZ Office, Sanepa
2006 : Kasthamandap Autumn Show, Kiran Bhawan, Sanepa
2006 : In memory of “IBSEN” Exhibition, Embassy of Norway, Kathmandu
2005 : Anniversary Art Exhibition at Buddha Gallery, Thamel
2004 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Gallery Moksh, Pulchowk
2004 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Buddha Gallery, Thamel
2004 : Dhulikhel Art Exhibition at Singh Art Gallery, Lagankhel
2003 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Lazimpat Gallery Cafe, Lazimpat
2002 : Painting Exhibition organized by NAFA, Naxal
2002 : Four Men Show at Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Kamaladi
2002 : “Children without art” organized by Jasutara Art Foundation, NAFA, Naxal 2001 : Painting Exhibition organized by NAFA, Naxal
2001 : Kasthamandap Group Show at J Art Gallery, Durbar Marg
1999 : Rangalal Bangdel Smriti Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal 1998 : Four Men Show at C.S.I. Gallery, Durbar Marg
1996-2006 : 26th – 36th National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Naxal
1994 : Vision 51- Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus, Bhotahity
1994 : Group 37- Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal
1993 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal
1992 : T.U. Day Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus, Bhotahity
1992 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Sirjana Art Gallery, Jamal
1992 : Group Art Exhibition at Goethe Institute, Gana Bahal

Art Workshops & Residencies (National & International)

2019: Chiang Mai Art Connecting, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2019: Kyusyu International Art Camp, Fukuoka, Japan
2018: Hanoi March Connecting 3rd, Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University, Hanoi, Vietnam

2018: 5th KMUNTB International Art and Design Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand 2018: 2nd Andaman International Art Workshop, Krabi, Thailand
2017: Shanghai International Art Workshop, Shanghai, China
2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara, Nepal

2017: Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation, Tirpuati, India
2016: Kuala Kubu Bharu Intl Art Festival, Malaysia
2016: Kalakriti Art Residency, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India
2016: Spring International Art Camp, Jammu & Kashmir, India
2015: Yogyakarta International Art Festival, Indonesia
2014: Sasaran International Art Festival, Sasaran, Malaysia
2013: Britto International Artist Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2013 : Dhampus Kala Yatra, Pokhara, Nepal
2011 : “Siddhi Charan Shrestha Satbarshi Diwas”, NAFA, Kathmandu
2010 : International Tourism Day, organized by Thamel Tourism, Kathmandu
2010 : Celebrating Lines, Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Center, Lalitpur
2010 : “Sadbhav”, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu
2010 : “PEACE” Painting & Poetry Happening at Residency of Norwegian Ambassador 2009 : Art workshop organized by Gurukul, Kathmandu
2008 : Art workshop organized by WAGON, Kathmandu
2007 : Sarbonam Art Workshop, Kathmandu
2007 : International Artist Day, Art Workshop, Kasthamandap Art Studio, Lalitpur 2006 : In Memory of Legend Artist R.N Joshi, Park Gallery, Lalitpur
2006 : In memory of “IBSEN” workshop at Residency of Norwegian Ambassador 2006 : Arts, Poems and Photographs at Bungamati
2004 : Poetric Expressions at Godawari
2004 : Numafung Art Workshop, Kathmandu
2004 : Dhulikhel Art Workshop, Dhulikhel
2001-02 : Kala Upaban, workshop organized by NAFA
2001 : Workshop organized by Voice of the Youth

2001 : Workshop organized by Artist’s Society of Nepal 2000 : Prashanta Smriti Workshop, NAFA

Mixed Media, Installation & Performance:

2018: The Masks, Performance, Taragaun Museum, Hyatt, Baudhha
2014: International Live Performance Art, Bindu, at Nepal Academy of Fine Art, Kathmandu 2013: Video Installation, National Fine Arts Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts
2013: KalaJatra, an art carnival, KCAC, Patan Museum
2013 : Installation and Interactive Art, Britto International Artists Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2012 : Arts from Earth, Residence of American Ambassador, Kathmandu
2011 : Installation, National Fine Arts Exhibition, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu
2011 : Installation on Menstrual Hygiene, Water Aid at Hotel Himalaya
2009 : Living Canvas, The gallery without walls, YDF Hall, Thimphu, Bhutan

Private Collections:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Nepal, Embassy of India-Nepal, Nepal Art Council, Himalayan Bank, Nepal Investment Bank, Sunrise Bank, Agni Group, Chaudhary Group, Fulbari Resort, Civil Group, Ghalia Art Foundation-Kenya, Andaman Art Museum-Thailand, Vertical Gallery-Thailand, Flamingo Group-Vietnam, Sasaran Art Museum-Malaysia, Chautara Gallery-Holland, D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust-India, Vishnu Manchu Art Foundation-India, Kalakriti Art Gallery-India, and private collection in Nepal and abroad.

Art Judge:

2018-2019: Real School of Nepal, a nation wide art competition organized by Dabur Nepal 2017: United Talent Hunt 2017, United College
2010: Valley Wide Inter School Art Competition, Kathmandu
2010: Inter-School Art Competition, Kirtipur

2009: Art Competition, organized by Jyapoo Samaj, Patan Museum 2005: Inter-College Art Competition, BICC, Kathmandu
Art Tutor: Kasthamandap Art Studio (since 1998)
Contribute Art Article: SPACES Magazine

Travel:

USA, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, France, Italy, German, Netherlands, Indonesia, China, Vietnan, Malaysia, Japan, Hungary and Austria.