The name Tashi Mannox represents both the Eastern and Western artistic disciplines in his 30 year journey as a painter and calligrapher. Born British to the family name of Mannox, that originates in Celtic Ireland and coincidently translates as 'the monastic'. His first name Tashi was given shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, when he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order, at the tender age of 22.
For the next seventeen-years as a monk, he apprenticed under the direction of a master of Tibetan art Sherab Palden Beru. Part of Tashi's training was in the elaborate art of temple decoration, which is the traditionally hub for the Tibetan arts and its deep symbolism.
During His years in the monastery, Tashi entered a four-year Buddhist retreat, where he worked as a scribe, meticulously copying ancient Tibetan manuscripts. This highly disciplined training laid a firm foundation in the multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.
In the latter years as a monk Tashi Travelled to North India, where he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit Lama Pema Lodrup- one of the last masters from Tibet of the rare Lantsha and Wartu Sanskrit forms.
Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and spiritual awareness, formed through years of practising meditation and Buddhist philosophy - to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, sacred themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist iconography.
He is now recognized as one of the world's foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphy artists. Exhibiting across the globe in London, Moscow, New York and Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates.
In resent years Tashi has established his home and studio near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire, Great Britain.