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"Shamans and Warriors: Siberian Sculptor Dashi Namdakov"
2004-09-17 until 2004-10-30
Gertsev Gallery
Atlanta, , USA United States of America

Exotic warriors, Shamans, horseback and Buddist lamas. These mysterious sculptures of bronze, silver, gold, wood and even horsehair are the innermost reflections of an artist from a remote Siberian village lost among the tundra forests of the Russian Mongolian border. Mongolian artist Dashi Namdakov’s world of celestial creature, spirits and mythical animals is filled with tenderness and warmth as well as unique interpretation of cultural traditions of Europe and ancient Siberia.

Dashi's sculptures have been acquired by the State Hermitage Museum of Russia, the State Museum of Oriental Art , the Russian Ethnographic Museum and included in the personal collection of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the German Chancellor Mr. G. Shroeder, the family of Uma Thurman, the Tibet House in NY as well, as Russian elite.

Dashi Namdakov lives in the South Eastern part of Russian Siberia near the Lake Baikal, the worlds cleanest and biggest fresh water container - one of the Worlds Natural Heritage Sites. The local people Buryats believe the Lake to be sacred.

Dashi was born in 1967 in a small Buryati village near the Russian Chinese border. His father was a well-known craftsman in the village who was famous for his versatile abilities to make things with his own hands - furniture, metal handles and even carpets. His wood-carved sculptures of Buddhist gods and tangkas (Buddhist icons) were installed in monasteries. From early childhood the children learned different skills through helping their father.

Dashi moved to Ulan-Ude, Buryati's central city and started his career in the workshop of the locally well-known sculptor G.Vasilyev. In 1988 Dashi was admitted to the University of Fine Arts in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk . This is where famous Russian artists Lev Golovnitsky, Yuri Ishkhanov, Azat Boyarlin and Eduard Pakhomov taught him the academic art. After graduation in 1992, Dashi returned to Ulan-Ude. In the year 2000, after his first personal exhibition in Irkutsk, it was clear that a new star was born in the world of arts. The first exhibition was followed by other successful venues in Russia and in other countries.

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