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Made in China III

The Tibetan people in China are not allowed to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday and Chinese authorities have reinforced the ban on pictures of His Holiness. This is why Made in China was created. Without knowing, 16 artists in China painted a piece of the portrait of the Dalai Lama. They were invited to produce ‘abstract’ impressionistic oil paintings, based on photos uploaded onto their websites. Each picture was a part of the portrait, but was rotated and named like ‘Fearless’, ‘More’ and ‘Love’. Together the Chinese painters created an illegal iconic painting, symbolizing peace and unity in many different ways. 


The 16 seemingly random titles form a quotation of the Dalai Lama: 
‘The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.’ 
Like the old Tibetan thankas the saying is written on the back of the artwork, completing the image and intensifying this universal message. This is the third and last painting in this series.


16 paintings, oil on canvas, 160 x 120" (300 x 400 cm), 2014




Made in China II - Peace and Happiness

The Tibetan people in China are not allowed to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday and Chinese authorities have reinforced the ban on pictures of His Holiness. This is why Made in China was created. Without knowing, 16 artists in China painted a piece of the portrait of the Dalai Lama. They were invited to produce ‘abstract’ impressionistic oil paintings, based on photos uploaded onto their websites. Each picture was a part of the portrait, but was rotated and named like ‘Superficial’, ‘Wish’ and ‘Peace’. Together the Chinese painters created an illegal iconic painting, symbolizing peace and unity in many different ways.


The 16 seemingly random titles form a quotation of the Dalai Lama:
‘We forget the despite the superficial differences between us, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness’.
Like the old Tibetan thankas the saying is written on the back of the artwork, completing the image and intensifying this universal message.

The painting was given as a present to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in February, 2015, by Brigitte von Bulow, Chair and Executive Director of United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT).


16 paintings, oil on canvas, 63 x 47" (120 x 160 cm cm), 2013.


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Offering the Dalai Lama a small reproduction (May 2014)








Made in China I - Peace and Happiness

The first illegal Made in China portrait.

16 paintings, oil on canvas, 63 x 47" (120 x 160 cm cm), 2013. Private collection.