Paintings of Love and Pride

By B.Tungalag

Mongolian art, especially fine art, has a very long history. In recent years the art world of Mongolia has expanded rapidly, with many upcoming talented young artists entering the scene. The young artists’ ways of expressing their inner worlds and feelings have captured the attention of art critics. Graduates of the Fine Art Institute are enriching the collections of not only local galleries and museums but also those of respectable foreign collectors and art lovers.

One of the most successful and inspiring young artists is Enkhbat Tsolmonbat. He was born in 1978 and graduated from the Fine Art Institute under famous artist L.Ganbold in 2001. After graduating he joined the Mongolian National Circus as a professional artist. While working full time in the circus over the past 10 years he has also managed to produce numerous works of art and to regularly exhibit in local and international art exhibitions.

Besides his talent, he has a remarkable hard working attitude, a sense of responsibility and self-confidence which is a significant quality for an artist. He has his own manner of sketching his works, which he does with great accuracy, then usually finishes with oil paints.

E.Tsolmonbat’s paintings of Mongolian women dressed in traditional costumes with customary hair styles are full of love and pride, and each has its own specific character.

His portraits are painted using various techniques, while his landscapes often feature the wind and rainbows. His works in traditional style reveal his search for traditional themes, compositions and techniques. This style may become a key for his self-exploration. Traditional calligraphy, shapes, symmetry, symbolism, legends, and ornaments are the soul of E.Tsolmonbat’s works.

S.Badral (Ph.D) has summarized E.Tsolmonbat’s works.

He has exhibited at the following exhibitions:

“Mongolian wonder land” joint exhibition, Union of Mongolian Artists Art Gallery, 2003

“Image of women” joint exhibition, Museum of Fine Art, 2004

“Spring” joint exhibition, Union of Mongolian Artists Art Gallery, 2004

Solo exhibition, Genggis Art Gallery, 2005

Comic artist conference exhibition, Korea Buchion, 2006

“Wind of Mongolia” joint exhibition, France, 2006


E.Tsolmonbat won the “Leading Cultural Worker” title (award) in 2009.


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