Artwork at Nalanda Monastery


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Jonathan PartridgeJonathan Partridge was born in the United Kingdom in 1971. He studied at Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts there in 1992. From 1996 to 1997 he studied and practiced Buddhist sculpture in Nepal under the guidance of the Bhutanese master sculptor Kunchog Palden. He continued his studies for several years under the Tibetan master sculptors and painters Sonam Wangchuk and Kelsang Lodro Oshoe in India (1998-2005). He created various artworks commissioned from Kopan and in Tushita Institute in Dharamsala he sculpted the Sixteen Arhats, destined for Nalanda Monastery.

In 2006-2007 Jonathan lived in Lavaur (France) with his family while working on creating the Shakyamuni Statue for Nalanda Monastery's new large gompa and designing other holy objects. From 2008 to 2009 he worked in Thailand and Australia as the artistic director for Jade Buddha Project. He helped to create the face of this Buddha statue that was modelled on the Buddha statue of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.

Currently, he lives in Tasmania, an island offshore from Australia, creating both secular, and religious works.


Over the years, Nalanda has been very lucky to receive resident and visiting artists who have made great contributions to its treasure of religious art.

Jonathan Partridge and Bertrand Cayla are two Western artists who have made a remarkable switch to Buddhist art. Both of them have created astonishing works of art for Nalanda Monastery and other institutions.

Click on the link to the right to read more about their life and work.

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