San Bahadur Tamang is an artist who currently resides with his parents in Akron, Ohio. They resettled from Nepal in 2012. San was born in Bhutan, but had to leave when the Bhutan army forced his parents to leave Bhutan in four days, angrily telling them "Bhutan is not your country!" "Get out!" ... "Or else!"
San was just three years old when he, his family, and over 100,000 other Lhotshompas (people of southern Bhutan) were exiled. He turned to painting as a way to find beauty and bring happiness into the world.
Money was very scare in Beldangi 1 refugee camp in Nepal where he grew up. He worked in a nearby village to earn money for expensive paints and brushes to pursue his love. HIs persistance was a measure of the high value he placed on his artistic pursuit.
He could not bring the work he had produced in the refugee camp, but he has produced a number of paintings in the time he has been in the United States, particularly considering the fact that he works as a full-time packer for Gojo Industries in Akron.
The following paintings were done on leaves from the ornamental Bodhi Tree, the tree under which Siddaertha Gautame (Budda) sat when he found enlightenment. This tree is also known as the Bo Tree or the Peepal Tree.