Urgyen Sonam was born in 1979 into a nomadic family in the remote area of Kham Nangchen, Eastern Tibet. His early life was full of Buddhist teachings and pilgrimages. He left Tibet at age 13 with the hope of seeing Bodhygaya, other sacred sites and Tibetan teachers in exile.
Later, in India he became a monk and specialised in ritual music and chanting. His natural affinity with the arts led him to take up a five year full time apprenticeship with Phuntsok Tsering, the Dalai Lamas personal thangka maker and textile artist.
Since completing his apprenticeship and attaining the highest level of skills the last 10 years has been dedicated to the art of silk thangka and the preservation of this sacred Buddhist practice and artistic knowledge, he has created thangkas for monasteries and pieces for individual's personal practice and their homes.
Urgyen is now based in Australia and is one of only a few traditionally, trained Tibetan silk thangka artist in the West. He travels regularly showcasing his pieces and holding workshops around the world.