Samandbadraa Purev

Tamir’s world

Tamir Samandbadraa Purev is a nomadic artist. He creates “his” artistic expression as a traveling writer would write: over time, going with the feeling of his emotions, of a meeting, ofthe moment. Perhaps the furtive sensations he feels are the ones that motivate him the most in his creation. He likes to capture the moment of an emotion by tracing it with his brush and ink on rice paper. Often with a quick, almost brutal gesture, as if he didn’t want the whisper of his inspiring soul to vanish into another thought. Tamir’s calligraphy is therefore far from being rigid and constrained. It is a free expression of his emotions, always related to a character from the Mongolian script or to a Mongolian poem whose depth resonates with his emotion.

Tamir is of course an artist before being a calligrapher. He calls himself a Master Calligrapher, and is thus recognized by his peers. But, for him, this word game is only the expression of his great freedom: bodily first since he has lived and still lives in many geographies according to the opportunities, then intellectually since he has studied everything, even at the time of the censorship under the authoritarian regime before 1991, finally spiritually because he does not want to alienate himself into any thought, religion or tendency. Tamir is a free bird and very happy to be so. He lives the fullness of the moments and things of life.

Tamir’s signature? His smile! That of a truly free and truly happy man.

Didier Boissiere

Founder and manager of the Altan Khaan Gallery in Ulan Bator


TAMIR Samandbadraa Purev


E-mail: tamir_film@yahoo.com

Phone : +33 764061149




Samandbadraa Purev, known under his artist name Tamir, was born in 1976 in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia to an elite family. He graduated from the Soviet School in Ulaanbaatar and continued his scholarly path attending four universities: Aviation University in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Paris Nanterre University in France, Fine Arts University in Ulaanbaatar and Film School in Ulaanbaatar.


Tamir started his artistic career in the 2000s decade as one of the pioneers in this field in Mongolia. This led him to becoming a renowned calligrapher gaining recognition at home and abroad. Exhibiting in many countries in Asia and Europe and presenting Mongolian calligraphy to foreigners he became the carrier of Mongolian cultural heritage popularizing Mongolia’s unique writing system and its culture as a whole. Thousands of children, students and adults in Europe have attended his workshops. He is nowadays one of the leading Mongolian contemporary calligraphers and his calligraphy style became one of the major sources of inspiration and education for Mongolian calligraphy amateurs.


In 2018 Tamir founded an NGO “L’Ecrin” or “Erdenesiin Khuree” with the purpose of protection of the Traditional Mongolian Script, education as well as further artistic development and promotion of the art of Mongolian Calligraphy. This international project, placed in Kharkhorin in Mongolia aims at exchanging the intercultural know-how and continuing the heritage of Mongolian traditional arts.





–    Awards    –

  • December 2006: Best Calligrapher of the Year 2006, awarded by Mongolian Calligraphy association
  • November 2018: National prize for cultural workers, awarded by Mongolian government


–    Publications    –

  • 2008: “Sur la terre des Mongols” published in Paris, France;

Publisher: ALTERNATIVES edition (Gallimard)

ISBN-10: 2862275506

ISBN-13: 978-2862275505


–   Solo Exhibitions   –

  • March 2006: Exhibition “Mongolian Calligraphy” in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • April 2008: Exhibition “Evolution” French Alliance in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • September 2010: “Jean Tallaron Association” Exhibition in Larajasse, France
  • March 2011: Exhibition, “Yishu 8” gallery, Beijing, China
  • September 2012: Exhibition at the Embassy of Mongolia in Erlian, China
  • December 2014: Exhibition “Noel” in Jif-sur-Yvette, France
  • July 2018: “Memories”, exhibition in Tsagaan Darium gallery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • November 2018: “Human”, exhibition in Altan khan gallery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • February 2019: World Calligraphy’s House – La Bastidonne in France
  • March 2019: Exhibition at Mongolian culture days, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • May 2019: “Terre & Ciel”, exhibition at Allier le Departement, Moulins, France
  • June 2019: “Beyond Words”, exhibition of contemporary calligraphy and blue porcelain, Altan khan gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • June 2019: “Terre et Ciel”, exhibition in the Embassy of France in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • November 2019: Callligraphy exhibition at “l’Art…DEMEURE” gallery, Saint Etienne, France
  • November 2019: Callligraphy exhibition at Philippe Durand Encadreur, Saint Etienne, France
  • November 2019: Calligraphy exhibition at Campus universitaire, Moulins, France
  • December 2019: Calligraphy exhibition at Habeo Estamp-art gallery, Vichy, France
  • February-March 2020: “Du ciel à la terre”, exhibition at Odradek Residence, Bruxelles, Belgium

–    Exhibitions    –

  • June 2005: Exhibition of Mongolian Artists in Guer, France
  • October 2006: Exhibition “Mongolia” in Pouancé, France
  • December 2006: “New Snow 2006” First calligraphy exhibition in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • April 2007: “Spring” exhibition in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • April 2007: Exhibition of Mongolian Japanese calligraphy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • June 2007: Festival “Silk Road” in Provins, France
  • November 2007: Exhibition of Mongolian & Japanese calligraphy in Tokyo, Japan
  • December 2007: Exhibition of the best calligraphy, Khaan Bank in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • June 2008: Exhibition “Colors of Mongolia” in Paris, France
  • January 2008: “New Snow 2008” calligraphy exhibition in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • July 2009: Exhibition “Story of Color” in Paris, France
  • November 2009: Exhibition “Mongolia Greetings” in Paris, France
  • December 2009: Exhibition “From Heaven to Steppe” in Paris, France
  • May 2012: Exhibition of Mongolian Artists in L’espace Scomam, Laval, France
  • May 2014: Exhibition of Mongolian Artists in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 2014: Exhibition “Spring” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • July-August 2014: “Land Art Mongolia 360 °” 3rd Land Art Biennale in the Valley of Orkhon, Mongolia
  • November 2014: Exhibition “Sacrifice from Heaven” Mongolian and Chinese artists in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
  • June 2015: International Art Exhibition, “Nord Art” in Budelsdorf, Germany
  • April 2018: “Silk road – Road of porcelain” Chinese-Mongolian-Russian exhibition, Jingdezhen, China
  • Septembre 2018 : Porcelain exhibition – Ulan-Ude in Russia
  • Novembre 2018: Best ArtWorks 2018 – Museum of Modern Art in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • June 2019: International Art Exhibition, “Nord Art” in Budelsdorf, Germany
  • August 2020: “Art Nocturne Knocke” International Art salon, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
  • October 2020: The Annual Dutch Art Fair (ADAF) 2020, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • January-March 2021: “Raqs-e Qalam” – World Silk Road Calligraphy Exhibition, Iranian National Commision for UNESCO


–    Artist residence    –

  • April 2011: “Espal” cultural center in Le Mans, France
  • April 2018: Porcelain and ceramic art of Jingdezhen, China
  • February-March 2020: Odradek Residence in Brussels, Belgium


–    Scenography and Performance    –

  • February 2006: Calligraphy performance for Mongolian music show, Paris, France
  • October 2006: Calligraphy animations during a fashion show, “Torgo” fashion house, Paris, France
  • September 2010: Stage Tour Hos Ayas – Performance, Demonstration – Workshops: Causse de la Selle, Celles, Le Chambon-Feugerolles, Gannat, St. Pierre de Maillé, Rubrouck in Montpellier, France
  • April 2012: “Open Forum” poetry evening, calligraphy performance with poems and contemporary music in Oslo, Norway
  • October 2019: Calligraphy performance at Oriental Parc, Maulévrier, France
  • March 2020: Live calligraphy art at Odradek Residance, Brussels, Belgium


–    Workshops    –

  • Since 2007: Calligraphy teacher for students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • April 2010: Workshops Cycles AOF, public rehabilitation in Saint Donat, France
  • May 2010: Workshop and calligraphy animation for all age groups in Malakoff, France
  • September 2010: Workshop for young audience of Grange in Causse de la Selle, France
  • October 2010: Calligraphy workshop week Mongolia in Rubrouck, France
  • April 2011: 20-hour workshop with school children in Le Mans, France
  • February 2012: Calligraphy workshop for school children, Albert Kahn Museum in Paris, France
  • February 2019: Calligraphy workshop in a House of Calligraphy, La Bastidonne, France
  • February 2019: Calligraphy workshop at Museum Petiet in Limoux, France
  • March 2019: Discovering Mongolian culture through calligraphy, workshops for children, college Emilie Guillaumin, Moulins, France
  • March 2019: Calligraphy workshops at Museum Anne de Beaujeu, Moulins, France
  • May 2019: Art of calligraphy: discussion and workshop, Raffles Institute, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
  • October 2019: Calligraphy workshops at Oriental Parc, Maulévrier, France
  • November 2019: Calligraphy workshops at Campus universitaire, Moulins, France
  • December 2019: Calligraphy workshop at Orienal Studies Department, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • March 2020: Ink technique workshop, Saint-Luc Liège – École supérieure des arts, Brussels, Belgium


–    Lectures/demonstrations    –

  • November 2007: “Nomadic written culture”, Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture, Clermont-Ferrard, France
  • May 2012: Symbolism in Mongolian art, L’espace Scomam, Laval, France
  • December 2019: “Mongolian scripture: history and modernity”, Museum of Asia and Pacific, Warsaw, Poland
  • March 2020: “Mongolian nomadic culture”, Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
  • March 2020: “Mongolian script and calligraphy art”, Saint-Luc Liège – École supérieure des arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • January 2021: “Current status of calligraphy and its education in Mongolia”, International Conference on Calligraphy within the Silk Road Countries, Iranian National Commision for UNESCO


–    Realized projects    –

  • August 2011: Mongolian – French symposium of ceramic art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • July 2012: Month of Mongolian art in Laval, France
  • July 2014: Golden Felt Exhibition of Françoise TELLIER-LOUMAGNE and Rémi CHAPEAUBLANC, Arti Cour Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • July 2015: Exhibition of Mongolian art for 50th Anniversary of French and Mongolian diplomatic relations in Versailles, France
  • October 2015: Exhibition of Union of Mongolian Artists, Ulan Ude, Russia
  • From 2018: Foundation of the NGO “L’Ecrin” or “Erdenesiin Khuree” and its main project of establishing the Center of Arts and Mongolian Calligraphy in Kharkhorin, Mongolia
  • November 2019: Big format calligraphy on the city wall, “Le MUR”, Saint Etienne, France


TAMIR SAMANDBADRAA PUREV, galerie ODRADEK Tamir Samandbadraa Purev chez ODRADEK