Munkhtsetseg Jalkhaajav

Born in 1969


Artists Statement

Words such as “healing” and “rebirth” are the key words to enter my world. Through my work I try to engage with our constant ambition of searching for your inner self and attempts of creating yourself by the idea of “becoming wholesome”. The concept I have toward a woman’s body and mindfulness is very much inspired by Mongolian traditional medical approaches and spiritual healing. In traditional medication a bird represents pulse of human vein, whereas in my art, birds represent pulse of life, pregnancy, healing, or protection. I created a human-bird character that is half woman and half crow, named Keeper of the Womb. It protects the fetus in mother’s womb. Through this, I want to show how a mother is able to stretch her body and transform her body in order to love her baby. Therefore woman is more tied to life by keeping balance life, in other words – healing life. For me the process of creating collage figures using hand torn paper and making sculptures by sewing pieces of stretch fabric are an act of trying to create wholesomeness by putting together separate pieces, like repairing.



1993     Bachelor Degree, Academy of Fine Art, Minsk, Belarus

1987     Fine Art College, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Solo Exhibitions

2018     INNER PASSAGE or A Journey through Vulnerability, Art Space 976+, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2018     Reincarnation, Red Ger Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2017     Healing, Toono Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2015     Reincarnation, Venice Biennale, Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Italy

2013     Spirits of the Steppe , Luxe Art Museum, Singapore

2012     Earthbound, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2012     From the Heart, Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2011     Les Gardiens Du Vent, Distellerie Gallery, Bulle, Switzerland

2009     The Silence of Healing at the Edge of the World, Teo+Namfah Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2009     Blue Sky Reflected in the Northern Face, Striped Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2004     House of Women, Art Gallery of UMA, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2004     Indiana Memorial Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

2003     E&M, Art Gallery of UMA, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2000     E&M, Nomad Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

1999     Dream of Aquaries, Art Gallery of UMA, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Group Exhibitions

2018     Speaking Lights and Shadows, Art Space 976+, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2017     Beyond Heaven and Earth: Mongolian Art In This Day and Age, China Art Museum

2017     Transcending Territories, Shin Thai Art Gallery, Huh Hot, China

2017     Under the Willow Art Salon, San Francisco, USA

2012-13    Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012, Fukuoka Asian and Mie Prefectural Art Museums, Japan

2012     Urban Narratives – New Contemporary Mongolian Art, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2011     Modern Mongolia: From Steppe to Urban Dynamics, Hanart IT Gallery, Hong Kong

2010     From Imagination to Creation, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar

2010     Smoke in the Brain, Red Ger Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2008     Taiwan-Fusing Biennale

2008     Beijing International Art Biennale-3, Beijing, China

2005     Beijing International Art Biennale-2, Beijing, China

2005     Contemporary Silk Road Festival, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, California, USA

2003     The Beppu Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, B-CON Plaza, Japan

2002     Epic of the Nomads, Moran Modern Art Museum, South Korea

2000     Progress of the World’s Women, Lobby Center of UN, New York City, USA

2000     Women of the World, White Columns Gallery, New York City, USA

2001     Painting, Som Arts, San Francisco, USA

2000     Nine Treasure, Fraum Museum, Bonn, Germany

2000     Shaman of the Chinggis Khan, Seoul, South Korea

2000     00-87, Art Gallery of UMA, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia



2013     Goo Maral – Art Prize

1995     Prize from Union of Mongolian Artists



2012     From the Heart, Arts Council of Mongolia Grant

2003     Exhibition-E&M, Arts Council of Mongolia Grant


Art Projects

2018     Reincarnation, contemporary dance, Motion Mongolia Dance Festival, Ulaanbaatar

The Bird Keeper of the Womb 2013
oil on canvas
124X114 cm
Birth Mantra 2013
oil on canvas
150×100 cm
My Secret Power 2018
mixed media on paper
53×240 cm
Chance 2018
mixed media on paper
53×240 cm
Miscarriage-2 2011
mixed media on sa paper
80×55 cm
Reborn 1 2017
oil, embroidery and print on paper
120×53 cm
Reincarnation 2018
stretch fabric, thread, metal wire, tissue and sponge
156x33x33 cm , 176x30x30 cm
Self-Creation 2018
stretch fabric, thread, synthetic hair and sponge
67x70x34 cm
Reborn 2 2017
oil, embroidery and print on paper
120×53 cm
Look Up 2012
bronze silver patina
62x38x28 cm
Miscarriage-3 2012
mixed media on sa paper
80×55 cm
My Secret Power-1 2012
mixed media on sa paper
80X55 cm
The Bird Keeper 2013
bronze with silver patina
40x40x30 cm
Baby Buddha 2013
bronze silver patina
40x37x30 cm