PAPER—IRON—PASSION

THE MONGOLIAN PAPER CUT ART OF
TURBURAM SANDAGDORJ

This exhibit ran from February 6th to April 25th 2015.

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Paper cutting has its origins in the nomadic custom of cutting decorative openwork patterns in leather, felt, and even silk, which you can see at the famous Bogd Khaan Palace Museum ("The Silk Applique Temple.") This applique technique was used everywhere from clothing to utensils and dwellings. The art form naturally extended to paper when it became available in the centuries following 100 AD.




In 1969, Turbaram (Turo) Sandagdorj, was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, into a creative family.
     His father was a well-known book illustrator and editor who quickly recognized and supported young Turo's obvious talents. Proficient in the traditional techniques of paper cutting, Turo also developed a unique style of his own, striking and instantly recognizable.
     After earning his Master's Degree in Ceramics from the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture and another in Art and Design from the Mongolian State Pedagogical University, Turo immigrated to the United States in furthur pursuit of his passion.



"Chinggis Khaan's Horses"


Turo's themes capture the spirit of his homeland as only a Mongol could portray it.
     The depth, detail and passion of his art have led his monochrome work to be described as "living shadows." In his homeland, he has become known as "the man with the magic scissors."


A number of horses, riders, oxen, carts and wheel motifs populate an especially dynamic and mesmerizing piece by Turo.





Read more about Turo Sandagdorj and his extraordinary work at his website, Sturo Art LLC. You can also view a video interview (conducted in Mongolian at the 2015 Lacis Museum exhibit) on YouTube.