Tiffani Gyatso


Tiffani Gyatso

Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist. She studied graphic design in Munich, Germany, and went on to specialize in Tibetan Buddhist art—specifically thangka painting, which involves painting Buddhist icons onto self-made canvases. She has taught thangka painting all over Brazil and South America since 2006, and in 2016, she opened Atelier YabYum, the first school and art retreat in Brazil dedicated to this art form.

Gyatso was introduced to the thangka art form at the Gandan Monastery in Mongolia, and completed her thangka studies in at the Norbulingka Institute in India. In 2016 and 2017, she took several courses in sacred geometry and Persian patterns at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, England.

From 2007 to 2012, Gyatso undertook a largescale project in southern Brazil to paint an entire Tibetan temple in traditional form. Gyatso also develops her own contemporary art based on the intuitive and contemplative process, as well as the Slow Art workshop, which is worked through body awareness, movement, and contemplative expression. She has exhibited her contemporary works several times in Brazil and New York.

Gyatso authored the book Life and Thangka: Searching for Truth Through Sacred Art, and writes for Buddhistdoor Global. She also guides art groups to India and Nepal.