Tuguldur Yondonjamts (b.1977, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) lives and works in Ulaanbaatar and in New York. He works primarily on paper, but has expanded his practice to video and installation art. His work is very much dependent on research and careful analysis of certain environments and materials. By using investigational logic, he is able to create large scale drawings and diagrams, representing imagined journeys. The nomadic culture of Central Asia is critical to interpreting Yondonjamts’s work. For him, these are symbolic endeavors, studying the issues affecting Mongolia’s society and economic development.
His solo exhibitions include Hibernating Tattoos Guarding the Sweat of the Sun, Richard Taittinger gallery, NYC, (2017); Between two giants, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, (2015); featured in exhibitions Tavan Tolgoi, Greengrassi gallery, London (2018); Is/Inland, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, (2018); Contemporary Art of Mongolia /6th edition, 976 Art Space, Ulaanbaatar (2018); Open Sessions #7, The Drawing Center, NYC (2016 and 2017), In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New, Sculpture Center, LIC (2016).
Yondonjamts is recipient of grants from Fulbright Scholarship (2012-2014), Trust for Mutual Understanding (2016), Arts Council of Mongolia (2012). His residencies include Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (2016); ResidencyUnlimited, Brooklyn, NY (2012 & 2016); Civitella Ranieri residency, Umbria, Italy (2015); LES Studio Program (2015); Vermont SC (2015); Tropical Lab 8, Singapore (2014); Djerassi Resident Artist program, CA (2012) and the Art Omi, Ghent (2010). Yondonjamts received a B.F.A. in Mongolian traditional painting (Thanka) from the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture in Ulaanbaatar (1997) and he graduated Fine Art from the University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK), Germany (2004). He received a M.F.A. from Columbia University, NYC (2014).