Carmen Mensink

Carmen Mensink

Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painter 

Carmen Mensink (The Netherlands, 1972) graduated from Kampen Academy of Arts in 1995 as a Graphic Designer and in 1996 completed a specialization in Typography at The Hague Royal Academy of Arts.

Soon after this she started practicing Buddhism and began her twelve years of training in the art of Tibetan Buddhist Thangka (scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas).

Carmen’s work has been displayed at different exhibitions in The Netherlands and Australia. She is also being asked to work on related Tibetan art forms, including 30 feet floor paintings of the ‘8 Auspicious Symbols’ to welcome the Dalai Lama in the Netherlands in 2009 and 2014.

“Painting these enlightened images is like meditation, and for me this is the ideal combination of practicing art and Buddhism at the same time. With my teachings on this art, which I offer with a lot of joy and dedication, I would like to make a small contribution to pass on this beautiful tradition in the right way. 
The destruction of a lot of monasteries and old Tibetan traditions makes it even more important to keep this wonderful thangka tradition pure and alive.”

Through the dedication and joy she expresses in her teachings – and which she passes onto her students – Carmen’s work serves as an inspiring catalyst to people on their own spiritual path.

Besides these offerings, Carmen would like to make a small contribution to the passing on this beautiful tradition in the right way. The destruction of so many monasteries and old Tibetan traditions makes it even more important to keep this wonderful thangka tradition alive and pure.

Carmen Mensink lives in Amsterdam and teaches this beautiful ancient art in Europe, Asia and the United States: in museums, universities, art schools and Buddhist centers. Carmen also gives lectures on Tibetan Art and teaches buddhist meditation and philosophy.