Meet J. Luce Foundation Global Advisor Ben Paljor Chatag

New York, N.Y. Born in Lhasa, Tibet and raised in Northern India, Ben Paljor Chatag discovered his passion for painting at a very young age and decided to invest his time into mastering his craft. Ben shared,

When I was younger, I recall drawing a lot with my father, especially when the electricity went off in Lhasa. My passion has grown greatly since then and I have too. Now, I am pursuing this path with an intention to express the values of the culture I come from and their relevance in the culture I live in.


After studying traditional Tibetan Thangka painting at the Thangde Gatsul Painting School in Dharamsala, India, Ben completed a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Studio Art at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Ben shared that his two years at Marymount Manhattan College exposed him to the power of art in expressing things that matter to him. That exploration motivated him to become a professional artist.


“May Spirit Be Lifted” by Ben Chatag

Ben’s work reflects his Tibetan and Western experiences and his series “Seven Offerings” and “ Spirit” address issues of mind memory, environment and perception. Ben’s artwork has been showcased at the yearly art exhibition in the Hewitt Gallery for four consecutive years in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


“Look Another Way” – an artwork that is part of the “Spirit” collection

Recently, he also had a solo exhibition at Yashar Art Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Tibetan heritage and culture, as well as the ongoing love and support of his family are the main sources of inspiration for Ben’s artwork.


“Spirit” – another art piece by Ben Chatag

The aspiring, talented artist is also dedicated to supporting young global leadership impacting social changes. He serves as a Global Advisor at The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit, and continues to mentor generations of the foundation’s young global leaders.

Adrian Strasser
Hi, I'm Adrian Strasser a psychology and Biology student at Pace University, New York.I am currently an intern at the James J Dudley Luce Foundation in the city and a member of the New York Young Global Leaders Lions Club.