Yongen wants to make Pokhara famous with his art works
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, July 13: Manoj Tamang Yongen, a famous watercolour artist, wants to make Pokhara as a renown school of watercolour. He himself hails from Pokhara, a beautiful tourist city of Nepal.
Born at Kundahar in Pokhara-Lekhnath Metropolis in Kaski district, Yongen wants to make himself, his home city and country famous through his unique artworks.
“I am crazy for art. That is why I have entered this field. I want to make myself and my country famous through my unique artworks,” he said.
He has begun his artistic journey about two decades back. During his school day, he was influenced and encouraged by his cousin brother Santosh Tamang, a god-gifted artist. Due to his financial crisis, he had been to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a migrant worker. He worked there for two years and returned home.
After returning home, he received art training from Alok Gurung for three years.
He has participated in over 30 national and international group exhibitions and taken part in more than 50 art workshops.
He had oragnised a week-long solo art exhibition in 2016 at Pokhara Art Gallery. In the same year, he received a special award on contemporary art by the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts.
Besides an active professional artist in Pokhara, he teaches arts in four schools of the city. According to him, he has trained more than 100 art students through his personal coaching.
“Although I teach the skills of portrait paintings to my students, I love to paint beautiful landscape on canvas,” he stated. He is well-known for painting hilly and mountainous landscapes along with cultural houses.
He, along with his nine other artist-friends has formed a Kuchi Group, an organisation of artists who likes to create live paintings on the spot.
“Other artist groups should also be formed in Pokhara and there should be continuous healthy competitions among them for developing the city as the art city,” he expressed his desire.