Jamyang Lodoe was born in Mustang, one of the most remote regions of mountainous Nepal. Having fled Tibet, Jamyang’s parents settled in Kagbeni, a small village with no electricity and a 6 day walk to the nearest telephone. When he was 6, his parents sent him to study in Dharamsala, India, where the Tibetan Government in Exile led by the Dalai Lama is located to this day. Later, after stints as a chef and photographer in India and Nepal and as a fashion photographer in Denmark, Jamyang satisfied his thirst for adventure, spending the next 20 years organizing and leading trips throughout the Himalayas most remote areas.
Often during these years of traveling in the regions’ diverse cultures, Jamyang was impressed by the works of talented young artists. Following his own passion, Jamyang began to collect the works of traditional artisans as well as the new contemporary Tibetan artists -- works that represent not only a new tradition, but a crucial point in the history of Tibetan culture.
What began as a personal passion is now Gallery Lodoe.
“One must respect this new group of artists, who work not only against the grain of their traditional cultures, but oftentimes in politically charged atmospheres. Political and social structures are changing, the role of race, tribe, caste and gender are mutating, traditional cultures are being opened to an international world, all at an increasing pace. It is important that we not only save historical artifacts, but also that we record this place and time in sometimes disappearing cultures for future generations.” Jamyang Lodoe