Samandbadraa Purev, known as Tamir, was born in 1976 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Already as a child Tamir learned old Mongolian script from his grandmother. Today, his art has transitioned to more spontaneous and abstract, avant-garde and meditative calligraphy. Tamir has extensively exhibited in Mongolia and internationally.
The iconic vertical script of Mongolian people reflects their rich cultural identity. Mongolian calligraphy was inscribed in 2013 on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.