lives and works
Traditional Tibetan Painting Apprenticeship with Master Urgen Dorje Sherpa, 1988
about the artist
Tsherin Sherpa assiduously runs the parallel missions of preserving thangka painting in its original conception and of adapting the traditional art form into modern relevance. Intricate composition, relentless detail, flawless execution, religious motif, and abundant palette—the artist has held onto the many beautiful virtues of the traditional thangka while presenting a collection of imagery that connects with the affairs, the phenomena, and the knowledge of today’s world. Sherpa paints his exilic existence onto the canvas, rendering his works important and accurate testaments recording the face and the fate of Tibet in the twenty-first century. Sherpa has held a number of fellowships and residencies at institutions in the United States such as the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art in Sonoma, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. He has also participated in group exhibitions held at spaces such as the Oriental Museum at Durham University, UK; Rossi & Rossi in London, UK; the Songzhuang Art Center in Beijing, China; the Palazzio Nerucci in Castel del Piano, Italy; Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, USA; and the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, USA.