Born in 1957, Manandhar has been eminent in the contemporary art scene for the past five decades, holding more than 165 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Nepal and abroad. He completed his Masters in Fine Arts at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He was the Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) from 2010 – 2014.
Kiran Manandhar recycles some of the contents and forms of early Nepali arts in his abstract, abstract expressionist, collage and performance art. Influenced by the mandalaic structure of paubha paintings, he explores the theme of concentration, meditation and enlightenment through his mandalas which are subjective, plural and open-ended.