b. 1968, Tibet

Tsherin Sherpa Biography

Born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Tsherin Sherpa lives and works in California.

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Sherpa studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting from the age of twelve under the guidance of his father, Master Urgen Dorje, a renowned thangka artist from Ngyalam, Tibet. After six years of intense formal training, he left to study Mandarin and computer science in Taiwan. Three years later, he returned to Nepal working with his father in numerous projects that included painting thangkas and monastery murals.

In 1998 he moved to the USA working as a thangka artist and as an instructor at several Buddhist centers in California. In recent years his emphasis has shifted from traditional subjects to more contemporary concerns, including imagining what traditional Tibetan spirits would now look like if they too had left Tibet and journeyed with him to California. His technique is precise and as immaculate as ever, but the new Tibeto/Californian spirits are possessed of a revitalised energy: some depicted as children, others shown as quaintly demonic or possessed of a cocksure sexiness. Often he appropriates globalised icons and logos of mass culture and luxury branding, taken from the internet, in a style he calls CyberPop.

In 2010 he was featured in the groundbreaking museum show in Beijing The Scorching Sun of Tibet, as well as the landmark Rubin Museum show Tradition Transformed - Tibetan Artist’s Respond, in New York. In 2012 he had his first solo show at Rossi & Rossi, London.

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10 Highlights from the inaugural Kathmandu Triennale 2017 Related Press 10 Highlights from the inaugural Kathmandu Triennale 2017 10 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

The inaugural edition of Kathmandu Triennale takes ‘The City’ as a thematic starting point – a catalyst to explore the many socio-cultural and political issues embedded in urban settings.

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Hong Kong South Island Art Day 2016: 5 must see exhibitions and events Related Press Hong Kong South Island Art Day 2016: 5 must see exhibitions and events 21 September 2016, Art Radar Journal

Hong Kong South Island Art Day takes place on 24 September 2016 in the South Island Cultural District with a packed programme of exhibitions, tours and performances. Art Radar highlights five major events taking place from 12pm to 8pm.  1. translatio  — Charbon art space The young Charbon exhibition space will be...

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'Active Blur:' Tibetan-Nepalese artists Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang and Rossi & Rossi in London Related Press 'Active Blur:' Tibetan-Nepalese artists Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang and Rossi & Rossi in London

Running until 21 January 2016 at Rossi & Rossi in London, 'Active Blur' features recent works by Tibetan-Nepalese artist brothers Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang. The exhibition grapples with the tensions between traditional Buddhist philosophy and globalised mass culture in unique ways. Sherpa and Jamyang’s practices share...

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8 highlights from the 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Related Press 8 highlights from the 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 25 November 2015, Art Radar

On display from 21 November 2015 to 10 April 2016 at Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), this year’s Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art has a special focus on the role of performance with live performances, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture. Many of the artworks explore...

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