ERINA TAMRAKAR
Painter, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Erina Tamrakar is a visual artist with the Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. She has been working as an artist in Nepal since 1989. She is the co-founder of Kasthamandap Art Studio and E-Arts Nepal. In addition to her 16 solo exhibitions in Nepal and Korea, her works have been exhibited in many National and International galleries since 1990 including France, Tibet, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, USA, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Bhutan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

In 2008, she got the fellowship from Korea National University of Arts in South Korea. She was awarded the Third and First Prize in National Art Exhibition in 2000 and 2005 respectively and was awarded with Gold Medal in 2008 from Arniko Yuwa Sewa Kosh. She was honored by “Young Achiever’s Award 2011 by Today’s Youth Asia and awarded Old Wind, Chinichi News Paper Japan. She was awarded from Master Tej Bahadur Chitrakar and Bhadra Kumari Ghaleawards in 2013 and 2014 respectively and honored from Tamrakar Samaj in 2014. In 2017, she received Hem Ganga-Mahila Kala Prativa Puruskar and received Theerchaaya Ratriya KalashreeLalitkala Puruskar from Nepal Kalasahitya Dot Com Pratisthan in 2019

She has traveled to India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea, France, USA, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Japan and Vietnam. She lives and works in Kathmandu.

It would be easy to read the preeminent themes of Erina Tamrakar’s paintings as statements of self, identity, and gender. These works are conscious or unconscious explorations of her personal journeys and experiences. Tamrakar’s Third Eye series is rooted in the femininity of the subjects, expressed through deep reds. The recurrence of symbols creates a distinct opposition: the introspection of the silent, downward-cast eyes provides point of contrast with the dominant gaze of the third eye, open and red. The imagery of mirroring and reflection in her Couple series similarly speaks to the psyche of the artist.

Text by: Late Dr. Dina Bangdel
Associate Professor and Director of Art History
Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar – 2017

Co-Founder: Kasthamandap Artists Group and E-Arts Nepal
Assembly Member: Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu, Nepal (2071-2075) Executive Member: JK Art Museum, Pokhara
Member: Women Artists Group of Nepal (WAGON)

Education:

2010: Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal 1998: Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Fine Arts College, Kathmandu, Nepal 1986: School Leaving Certificate, Madan Smarak Ma. Vi. Lalitpur, Nepal 2008: Fellowship-Korea National University of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Awards (National):

2019: Theerchaaya Ratriya Kalashree Lalitkala Puruskar, Nepal Kalasahitya Dot Com Pratisthan 2017: Hem Ganga, Mahila Kala Prativa Puruskar
2014: Felicitation and Honor, Tamrakar Samaj
2013 : Master Tej Bahadur Chitrakar Award

2013 : Bhadra Kumari Ghale Art Award
2011 : Young Achiever’s Award, Today’s Youth Asia
2007 : Gold Medal & Arniko Youth Award
2005 : 1st Prize, National Art Exhibition, Artist Society of Nepal, Nepal
2000 : Third Prize, 30th National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association Fine Arts, Nepal 1998 : Consolation Prize, 28th National Art Exhibition, Nepal Association Fine Arts 1993 : Consolation Prize, Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Nepal

Award (International):

2005 : “Old Wind” Award from Chinichi News Paper, Japan

Solo Exhibitions:

2018: Erina’s Paintings, Dalai-La Art Space, Thamel, Nepal
2018: Finding the Roots, Dalai-La Art Space, Thamel, Nepal
2018: Celebration of Womenhood, GG Machaan, Lalitpur, Nepal
2017: Tradition Subverted, Yala Mandala, Patan
2017: In Between the Third Eye, Park Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal
2014: Windows of my Heart, Imageark Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal
2012: With Love from USA, Red Carpet Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011 : Avatars & Interpretations, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal 2009 : Silhouettes in Time -2, Imago De’ Cafe, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal 2008 : Silhouettes in Time, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2008 : My Days in Korea, The Art Shop, Kathmandu, Nepal
2008 : My Days in Korea, Insha Art Center, Inshado, Seoul, South Korea
2008 : Collections, Imago De’ Cafe, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal
2007 : Mirror of Woman, The Art Shop, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal 2006 : Woman in Nature, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2006 : Woman in Nature, SAARC Art & Craft Village, Kathmandu, Nepal 2004 : Reflection & Reality, Gallery Nine, Nepal
2004 : Nichhal Sparshaharu, The Touch of Purity, Gallery Nine, Nepal 2001 : Reflection of Life, Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Nepal

Group Exhibitions (International):

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: Sasaran International Art Exhibition, Sasaran Art Gallery, Malaysia
2017: Yogyakarta International Art Exhibition, Jogja Gallery, Indonesia
2016: Khajuraho Art Festival, Khajuraho, India

2015: CPI 10th Anniversary, Seoul, South Korea
2015: Nepali Arts, LeSutra Gallery, Mumbai, India
2015: Sasaran Int’l Art Exhibition, Galerie Seni Mutiara, Penang, Malaysia
2014: Group Show organized by Mandala Fine Art Studio, Singapore
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: Group Show, Cafe Arora, California, USA
2009 : Contemporary Asian Art Exhibition, GHANGWON ASIAN ART FESTIVAL, South Korea 2007 : SomArts Cultural Center & Gallery 25, San Francisco, USA
2007 : Peace of Mind, Gandhara, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 : Living Canvas – 2007, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 : Hotel Hyatt, Dubai, UAE
2006 : Nepal Art Show, Nagoya – Shiaichi, Japan
2006 : Chautara Gallery, Holland
2005 : Reflection of Reality, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
2005 : Peace of Mind, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005 : Nepal Art Show (Nagpanchami), Hakkaido, Takikawa, Japan
2005 & 2008 : Group Show, Den Blank, Belgium
2002 – 03-05-06-07 : Camlin Art Competition and Exhibition, Kolkatta, India
2000 : Group Show, Paris, France
2000 : Group Show, Lhasha, Tibet

Group 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: Fragments of Mustang, Nepal Art Council, Nepal
2014: Centenary Celebration, Poet Siddhicharan Shrestha, Nepal Art Council
2013: Autumn Festival, on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2013 : 20th Anniversary of Kasthamandap Art Studio, Sarwanam Gallery, Kathmandu
2010 : Peace – Paintings & Poetry, organized by Royal Norwegian Embassy
2010 : Grand Painting Exhibition, Sirjana Art Gallery, Lazimpat, Kathmandu
2009 : Separating Myth from Reality (Status of Women), International Art Festival, Kathmandu 2009 : International Women’s Day, Group Exhibition, Hotel Annapurna

2009 : Anubhutika Char Bimbaharu, The Art Shop, Kathmandu 2008 : Bagmati on Canvas, Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu
2008 : Art Fair- 2008, Park Gallery, Lalitpur
2007 : The Art Shop & GTZ Office, Kathmandu

2007 : Sangaalo, Nepal Lalitkala Munch, Kathmandu
2007 : Amalgam, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2006 : Wearable Art Show at Kiran Bhawan & Garden of Dreams, Kathmandu 2006 : IBSEN – Art Exhibition, Embassy of Norway, BICC, Kathmandu
2005 : Art Party & Exhibition, Bhav Art Gallery, Alliance Franciase, Kathmandu 2005 : Anniversary Art Exhibition at Buddha Gallery, Kathmandu
2004 : Painting Workshop, Voice of Wall, Gallery Nine, Kathmandu
2004 : Buddha Gallery & Gallery Moksh, Kathmandu
2003 : Lazimpat Gallery Cafe, Kathmandu
2002 : Three Women Show, Lazimpat Gallery Cafe’, Kathmandu
2002 : Children without art, Jasutara Art Foundation, NAFA
2001 : Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2000 : Painting on Poetic Expressions, Bhancha Ghar, Kathmandu
2000 : J Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2000 : Group Exhibition “Arts de Neapal”, Paris, France
1999 : Rangalal Bangdel Smriti Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu 1999 : Four Men Show at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
1996 : 2005 : 26th – 36th National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Kathmandu
1994 : X-mas Collections, Srijana Art Gallery, Kathmandu
1994 : Vision 51- Art Exhibition, Fine Art Campus, Kathmandu
1994 : Group 37- Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu
1993 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu
1992 : T.U. Day Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus, Kathmandu
1990: Graphic Print Show, Goethe Institute, Kathmandu
1990 : Inter Campus Exhibition, Fine Art Campus, Kathmandu

Participated Art Workshops: (National & International)

2019: Kyusyu International Art Camp, Fukuoka, Japan
2018: The First Art Workshop, Shamdung, China
2018: Hanoi March Connecting, Hanoi, Vietnam
2018: KMUTNB Art Workshop, Amphawa, Thailand
2018: Andaman International Art Workshop, Andaman Art Museum, Krabi, Thailand 2017: Sasaran International Art Festival, Sasaran, Malaysia

2017: Yogyakarta International Art Festival, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2016: Art for Nature, Langtang, Nepal
2015: Nepal-China Art Workshop, Beijing, China
2014: Nepal-Bangladesh Art workshop, Sirjana Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal 2014: Fragments of Mustang, Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Nepal

2013: Dhampus Art Worshop, Pokhara, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts & JK Art 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: The Big Draw, Peace Drawing Workshop by KCAC, Lalitpur
2010 : Thamel Mahatsav – Painting workshop, Mithila Yen Gallery, Thamel 2010 : Shankhu Mahotsav, Shakhu
2010 : Samrishran, The Art Shop, Kathmandu
2010 : Sadbhab, Art Workshop, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, NAFA, Kathmandu 2010 : PEACE – Painting and Poetry at Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence 2010 : Brihat Nabha Kala Karyashala, Bhaktapur
2008 : New Nepal, Nagarkot, Gurukul
2008 : Bagmati on Canvas, Kathmandu
2007 : Women for Women, Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Prerana, Nepal 2007 : Women Artist Workshop, WAGON, The Art Shop, Kathmandu
2007 : Sarbonam Art Workshop, Balaju, Kathmandu
2007 : Peace of Mind, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 : Painting Workshop, Fine Art Campus, Kathmandu
2007 : IUCN Art Workshop, Chitwan, Nepal
2007 : Itihansako Baki Pristha, SARBANAM, Kathmandu
2007 : International Artist’s Day, Kasthamandap Art Studio, Lalitpur
2007 : Impression of Manaslu – 15 days Arts and Treks, Manaslu
2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery
2006 : In Memory of Legend Artist R.N Joshi Workshop at Park Gallery
2004 : Poetric Expressions, Painting Workshop, Godawari
2004 : Numanfung Workshop organized by Numanfung Flim Unit
2004 : Contemporary Women Artists in Nepal, Paintings Workshop
2003 : Women Artists Painting Workshop, Artists’ Society of Nepal
2003 : Painting Workshop, Shuvatara School, Lalitpur
2002 : Painting Workshop for Bichalit Bartaman, Bashantapur
2001-2002 : Painting Workshop organized by NAFA – Kala Upaban
2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Voice of Youth, Kathmandu
2001 : Painting Workshop organized by F. M. Radio Sagarmatha
2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Artists’ Society of Nepal
2001 : Painting Women Artists, Painting Workshop by Rotary Club
2000 : Prashanta Smriti Workshop & Exhibition, J Art Gallery
2000 : Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Tibet P. R. China
2000 : Painting & Sculpture Workshop, French School & Alliance Franciase 1994 : Old Master Technique Workshop, Fine Art Campus
1994 : Nepal – India Graphic Print Making Workshop, Nepal Art Council
1994 : Collage Painting Workshop, Alliance Franciase, Kathmandu
1991 : Joint Visual Communication Workshop, Unicef, Kathmandu
2007 : International Artist’s Day, Kasthamandap Art Studio, Lalitpur
2007 : Impression of Manaslu – 15 days Arts and Treks, Manaslu
2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
2006 : Khulla Dhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery

Museum

2006 : In Memory of Legend Artist R.N Joshi Workshop at Park Gallery 2004 : Poetric Expressions, Painting Workshop, Godawari
2004 : Numanfung Workshop organized by Numanfung Flim Unit 2004 : Contemporary Women Artists in Nepal, Paintings Workshop 2003 : Women Artists Painting Workshop, Artists’ Society of Nepal 2003 : Painting Workshop, Shuvatara School, Lalitpur

2002 : Painting Workshop for Bichalit Bartaman, Bashantapur
2001-2002 : Painting Workshop organized by NAFA – Kala Upaban
2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Voice of Youth, Kathmandu
2001 : Painting Workshop organized by F. M. Radio Sagarmatha
2001 : Painting Workshop organized by Artists’ Society of Nepal
2001 : Painting Women Artists, Painting Workshop by Rotary Club
2000 : Prashanta Smriti Workshop & Exhibition, J Art Gallery
2000 : Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Tibet P. R. China
2000 : Painting & Sculpture Workshop, French School & Alliance Franciase 1994 : Old Master Technique Workshop, Fine Art Campus
1994 : Nepal – India Graphic Print Making Workshop, Nepal Art Council 1994 : Collage Painting Workshop, Alliance Franciase, Kathmandu
1991 : Joint Visual Communication Workshop, Unicef, Kathmandu

Residency & Special Events:

2018: The Masks, Performance, Taragaun Museum, Hyatt, Baudhha
2017: Himalayan Art Camp, Pokhara organized by E-Arts Nepal
2012 : “Art From the Earth” at the American Ambassador’s Residence, Kathmandu 2011 : Nepal Tourism Year 2011, Dashrath Rangashala, Kathmandu
2011 : Menstrual Hygine, Hotel Himalaya, Water Aid
2011 : Honour CNN Hero-Mrs. Anuradha Koirala, Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza 2010 : South Asian Artists Camp, Puducheery Blue, Chennai, India
2009 : Women’s Right on Land, Jyamirkot, Lasana, Lalitpur
2009 : Talk Show, Nepali Women Artists in Nepal, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu 2008 : Korea National University of Art, Seoul, South Korea
2007 : Women’s Heroes, Jyamirkot, Lasana, Lalitpur
2007 : National Youth Festival, International Youth Delegation, Pune, India
2006 : Painting Residency Programme, Sikkim, India
1995 : Nepal – Bangladesh Art Workshop & Exhibition, Pokhara & Sundarijal
1992 : Annimation Workshop for Nepal Television, Kathmandu

Art Tutor: Kasthamandap Art, Kupondole, Lalitpur
Art Judge:
2017: United Talent Hunt 2017, United College, Kumaripati 2010: Valley Wide Inter School Art Competition, Kathmandu 2010: Inter School Art Competition, Sunakothi
2010: Inter-School Art Competition, Kathmandu
2005: Inter-College Art Competition, Kathmandu

Travels: India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Italy, Hungary, Austria & USA

Members: Artist’s Society of Nepal, Prashanta Memorial Society, Women Artists Group of Nepal

Collections:

Nepal Art Council, Dwarika’s Hotel, Nepal Investment Bank, Agni Group, Everest Bank, Annapurna Hotel, NIC Bank, Fulbari Resort, VOITH Complex (Toyota), Annapurna Hotel, ACE Apartment, Hotel Radisson, Hotel Kutumba, Civil Group, Andaman Art Museum-Thailand, Vertical Gallery-Thailand, Asian Art Link- Vietnam, Sasaran Art Museum-Malaysia, Chautara Gallery-Holland, and private collection in Nepal and abroad.