Penba Wangdu was born in Shigatse, Tibet, in 1969. He studied fine art at Tibet University, taught at the Lhasa Normal School and began teaching at the Art Department of Tibet University in 1994. In 2000, he studied at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, where he specialized in mural painting. From 2002 to 2005, he studied for his M.A. in Tibetan fine arts at the School of Arts at Tibet University. An artist of international renown, he lives in Lhasa.
His lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Tagliabue Lecture Fund and the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies.