ABOUT ANS SWART
Born 1947 in North Holland, the Netherlands.
It took me a detour and a long time to realise my childhood wish - to make painting my profession. I went to the art academy in Arnhem when I was 30. That year I also became enamoured by dance: I was fascinated by movement and wanted to integrate it into my paintings. After finishing at the academy I wanted to work with “e-motion” - movements and gestures inspired by emotions. It was during the same year that I looked for a Yoga class and came into contact with the drawing and painting classes of Harish Yohari. With him, I made my first sacred art - Kali in a Yantra. I also developed performances and workshops, working with movements of the body in order to produce paint strokes and colours while incorporating sounds with the voice.
ABOUT GIORGIO DALLORTO
Born in Piedmont, Italy in 1953, due to an interest in yoga Giorgio Dallorto became drawn to Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan culture in general. This brought him to meet his future and main teacher, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, in the summer of 1978. Over the last twenty years he has dedicated himself in a free and independent way to an in-depth study of Tibetan history and culture and in particular the arts.
ABOUT PAOLA MINELLI
I was born in 1963. Since 1988, I have studied and practiced meditation and yoga under the guidance of various masters in Buddhist, Bonpo and Hindu traditions, the main one being Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. I am also a regular practitioner and teacher of traditional and therapeutic Hatha Yoga.
ABOUT WILVIN PEDERSEN
I was born in 1948 and grew up in Norway. My interest in the arts began when I was in my early teens. I was free spirited, and being pretty stubborn, I followed my own way, without considering a so-called "normal life” as an option.