Buddhist Contemporary Art

Art is a way in which artists can express their inner feelings without having to use words. The more complicated these feelings, the more complicated the art and less chances that the people who watch or listens to the art. Modern contemporary art is by any chance one of the most interesting eras in the history of art that many individuals are interested in. artists are often influenced by their culture, their background and religion and this can be seen in their art. Here one can learn more about Buddhist contemporary art and how this type of art has been influenced by artists’ religious belief.

It is said that the Buddhist art was firstly developed on the Indian subcontinent in the 6th to 5th century BC. Specialists believe that it evolved from the historical life of Siddhartha Gautama and then continued to evolve as a result of the contact with other cultures as it spread throughout the Asian continent and the world. Once the dharma spread, believers shortly became renowned Buddhist artists. However, every time the dharma would reach another country it would adapt and evolve in a different manner. Firstly, the Buddhist art developed to the north to Central Asia and into Eastern Asia, when it formed a branch known as the Northern branch of Buddhist art. Then it developed to the east and to Southeast Asia to form the Southern branch of Buddhist art. India represents a special case as here Buddhism art flourished and influenced the Hindu art. This happened until Buddhism disappeared in this country, by the end of the 10th century.

Buddhism contemporary art can be seen in many artists such as Bill Viola, John Connell, and Allan Graham in video, sculpture and multi-media respectively. Contemporary arts and Buddhist arts keep on evolving and developing, reaching parts of the world that some would have never thought they would.