The Paubha is a form of traditional sacred painting practiced in Nepal since the 6th century.
The sacred Paubha is painted as a spiritual exercise and used as a medium of veneration and meditation. During the painting process the artist becomes a medium to transform divine wisdom into visual reality, as an aid for self-realization. Painted with mineral pigments on a handmade cotton cloth (canvas) PaubhÄ is a unique art form where elements of Buddhism and Hinduism are harmoniously depicted.
Renuka learned Paubha painting from one of the Chitrakar Masters and VajrachÄrya priests of NepÄl and has established herself as one of the leading masters of traditional PaubhÄ painting. The Traditional method of PaubhÄ painting has virtually disappeared in the modern world because of commercialization of traditional arts. Renuka is working towards preservation of PaubhÄ painting by researching and documenting this traditional painting method as her research thesis in her PhD work at The Prince's school of Traditional Arts, London.She travells the world exhibiting her works, conducting workshops and lectures with an aim to introduce and promote PaubhÄ. Recently she gave presentations and workshops on PaubhÄ at the University of Oxford. Renuka's paintings are under various private collections in NepÄl, Russia, USA and Great Britain.