Tsherin Sherpa

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Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1968, Tsherin Sherpa currently works and resides in Oakland, California. When he was twelve years old, he began studying traditional Tibetan thangka painting with his father, Master Urgen Dorje Sherpa, a renowned thangka artist from Ngyalam, Tibet. After also studying computer science and Mandarin in Taiwan, he returned to Nepal, where he collaborated with his father on several important projects, including thangka and monastery mural paintings. In 1998, Sherpa immigrated to California; here, he began to explore his own style – reimagining traditional tantric motifs, symbols, colours and gestures, which he placed in resolutely contemporary compositions.

The artist has exhibited across the United States, Europe and Asia, including in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Brisbane (2015); Beyond the Mandala –Contemporary Art from Tibet (2011), Volte Gallery, Mumbai, in collaboration with Rossi & Rossi London; Scorching Sun of Tibet (2010), Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing; Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond (2010), Rubin Museum of Art, New York, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas; Buddha in the Hood (2010), Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, Vermont; Sacred Images: Thangka Painting (2007), Alta Galleria, Berkeley, California; and Contemporary Thangka (2007), Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California. He has also held solo exhibitions at Rossi & Rossi London (2012 and 2018) and Hong Kong (2016).

Sherpa’s work is included in private collections around the world, as well as in the collections of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; and the World Museum, Liverpool.



Spirits Empowered

March 6, 2021


April 24, 2021

Tibetan Spirit

October 12, 2012


November 29, 2012


December 9, 2013


January 23, 2014

Parallel Realities: Contemporary Tibetan Art

October 26, 2014


January 31, 2015

Active Blur

December 4, 2015


January 21, 2016


June 21, 2014


August 24, 2014

I want...I have...I hope

October 1, 2018


November 30, 2018

Beautiful Decay

September 24, 2016


May 11, 2016


Beautiful Decay


Nepali Times - The world beyond thangkas
Bazaar Magazine - Ang Tserin Sherpa

Selected Works