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Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu

Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu

Japanese motif. Painting by Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu (Zaya)

Contemporary Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu (Zaya) was born in a small town of Baatsagaan (Southern Mongolia) in 1975. In the teenage years Zaya, inspired by portraits of Buddhist gods, as well as freedom of religion, deepened into Buddhism, and at age 15, he decided to become a monk. However, after studying Tibetan religious texts for two years, he realized that he is more interested in art than religion. At age 17, Zaya entered the Soyol Fine Art College in Ulan Bator. After graduating from college, he went on to study at the Mongolian State University of Culture and Arts, from which he graduated in 2002.

Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

A horse. Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

The combination of traditional Mongolian painting and modern art using watercolor, gouache, oil, and mixed media – allows the artist to illustrate the ancient culture and heritage of Mongolia and Central Asian nomadic peoples. His works are mostly composed of scenes of everyday life of ancient peoples, where join the spirit of Mongolian nomadic art with Tibetan and traditional Japanese painting technique. Through various methods, and the study of different cultures, Zaya has created his own musical genre, which allows him to tell the world about Mongolia.

Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

Princess. Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

Unique women’s hairstyles for Mongolian women are more reminiscent of the horns. And there may be a mythical bird wings hangarudi. This design is very complicated. Hair is plaited into two braids, expanding at the temples in the form of wings. These wings are stacked with silver hairpins. The basis of the cap is decorated with pure silver, coral, pearl, turquoise. Lower part of the braided tresses are left in plain sight. But the rich women covered braids with special cover with sewn on them silver plates of silver and sometimes even of gold filigree ornaments and interspersed with pearls, coral and turquoise. On solemn occasions, and when leaving the house on top of this silver cap was put on another hat. It is sharp pointed with a velvet band and a red ribbon behind.

Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

Warriors. Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

Musician. Painting by Mongolian artist Zaya (Zayasaikhan Sambuu)

Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu

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