About Gurmi Lama
Gurmi Lama grew up with his grandmother Dhaku in Solukhumbu, the Mt. Everest region of Nepal. In his teens he received training in thanka painting
from his father and continued to develop as a primarily self-taught artist. For two years, he had the opportunity to study contemporary art with Manuj Babu Mishra, one of the finest painters in Nepal. Gurmi graduated from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and also studied in England. In Nepal, he taught thanka painting
to many local students as well as those from other countries, both as apprentices and in shorter courses. Gurmi worked for HIMLIT (Himalayan Literacy) as an artist from 1993-1995 in kathmandu. He also worked for the Naropa University Study Abroad Program in Nepal for nine years as a thanka painting instructor. Eventually he developed a new technique of combining traditional methods and contemporary subjects to create a fusion art form. His art works are in private collections in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. Recent commissions include color illustrations for The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (in Tibetan). In the US, in recent year specially in the winter when outdoor activity is slow, he has been assisting a glass artist for manufacturing handmade stain and dichroic glass functional items.
In the past 8 years, Gurmi has also become well established as a skilled stonemason, and has an impressive portfolio of original projects, designed in collaboration with clients. He works in partnership with Lhakpa Lama. Their stonework is mostly interlocked and dry laid. Most of their work is done with basic old-school masonry techniques using hammer and chisels. Their numerous projects use local bluestone and fieldstone in Ulster and Dutchess counties of the Hudson Valley (the area is well known for this deep-blue sandstone).
Gurmi has learned a lot from the stone itself and also from Lhakpa’s patience!
About Lhakpa Lama
Lama is originally from Junbesi, Nepal. He worked for the domestic airport in Kathmandu for eight years before he became a trekking guide. As a sherpa mountain guide in the Himalayas, Nepal, he had the opportunity to work with people from many countries. Lhakpa has had the real-life experience of helping trekkers combat altitude sickness, and he got help in return when he needed it for himself.