Transmutations: New Paintings by Benigna Chilla, at Tibet House (NewYork)

Memories, 2002, mixed media on canvas, 8’ x 6’

Memories, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 8’ x 6’

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 23, 2014 6-8pm
Duration: May 23 – July 31, 2014

New York, April 7, 2014 – Tibet House US is pleased to announce Transmutations, an exhibition featuring artist Benigna Chilla’s new series of large scale paintings created after a 2012 stay in Bhutan. Her process as an artist begins with inspiration from ancient, geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles, and nature. These recent paintings explore both organic and constructed geometric shapes, which are organized through symmetry. Actual texture is embedded onto the canvas, layered with natural pigments like turmeric, saffron and minerals.

Benigna Chilla (born 1940), began her art studies in her native Germany at the Folkwangschule in Essen and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. She moved to America in 1969, completing her graduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has held residencies at Yaddo, the Djerassi Foundation, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Benigna now splits her time between Chatham, NY and Kolkata, India.


Tibet House US, established in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy working to preserve, restore and present Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage by means of a permanent cultural center, with a 2,000-square-foot gallery, library, archives, developing traveling exhibitions, print publications and media productions.


22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday from 11am – 6pm/Sunday 11am -4pm
P. 212.807.0563

F. 212. 807.0565

Zola Nyambuu, Gallery Director
Tibet House US


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