Anil Thapa is an international Thanka exhibitor and a Thanka artist. He grew up in the alleys of Bhaktapur, Nepal, a city famous for its culture and art. From a young age, he was exposed to various forms of Hindu and Buddhist cultures and traditions, which brought him very close to the mystic arts, especially Thanka paintings.
For the last 15 years, he has continuously devoted himself to the preservation and promotion of the Thanka Paintings to audiences around the world. He has done exhibitions in countries like China, Thailand, USA, and Canada. Since 2014, he has established his main operations as the founder of Lumbini Buddhist Art Gallery in Berkeley, California, displaying the largest collection of Thanka paintings known in the west, to share this knowledge, wisdom and art appreciation to the western community and beyond.
He has helped thousands of people to understand, appreciate and experience the Himalayan art form. He is also actively involved in various social causes and holds community gatherings every month, to ensure that people get closer to the path of compassion and love.
He also has a gallery in Kathmandu, Nepal, which helps hundreds of artists to ensure their and their family’s livelihood. He is a practitioner himself, and has received various empowerments from different Rinpoche's such as Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, Chetsang Rinpoche, Lama Tsering Wangdu Norbu Rinpoche, Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Gharchen Rinpoche. He continues on his own path as an artist and musician in Tibetan studies, practicing Chod, mantra, and playing Native American flute.
His prayer is for the Thanka paintings to aid in the growth and development of Bodicitta within us all.