Born in Dagana and brought up in Thimphu. Artis Kama Wangdi, fondly known as Asha Kama underwent his apprenticeship with the National Fine Arts Centre and an on the job training with the National Handicrafts Design Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan.
I first encountered western art when I was young boy studying in one of the first exclusive public school in Thimphu. Leaving my conventional English school I spent several years as an apprentice studying the religious and mythological art of Bhutan at the National Fine Art Centre. After the apprenticeship, I entered joined the service of the Royal Government as an illustrator/designer for the Development Support Communications Division. I produced artworks to enhance development programs of the Royal Government.
In 1991 I won a scholarship from the British Government to study western art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone, University of Kent in England. I graduated with a first class hon’s degree in communications media (design pathway) in 1994. I continued working for the government and took an early retirement in 1997 to paint and founded VAST Bhutan with two other artists. Till date VAST tutored and counseled more than 1000 young people ranging from delinquents, high school students to out of school youth.
I have acquired wide range of experiences in both styles and methods which can be instrumental in combining the rigorous and structured traditional style with more easily flowing/expressive form of contemporary art. This helps me to mature in a direction that I am comfortable with and uniquely my own.
Bhutanese subjects and Buddhist iconography are my main themes with combination of modern and traditional techniques. As I have enduring fascination for textures, movements and many symbols in the Bhutanese culture. I have been exploring this aspects ranging from temple walls to spiritual horses that we see on prayer flags.
As the torch-bearer of Contemporary Art in Bhutan, I am fully engaged in dedicating myself to the issue of Bhutanese contemporary art and helping the youth of Bhutan. With full support and dedication from my students and fellow artists we would like to take the Bhutanese art to new heights without compromising our age old traditional art.