Untitled (Cause and Effect), 2012
Acrylic on canvas
Diptych, overall 183 x 254 cm

artist profile

Tsherin Sherpa



lives and works

Oakland, USA


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.

  • Selected exhibition history
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2011GROUP Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, USA

GROUP Tibet Art Now, Palazzo Nerucci, Castel del Piano, Italy

GROUP Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA

GROUP Beyond the Mandala: Contemporary Art from Tibet, Volte Gallery, Mumbai, India

2010GROUP Buddha in the Hood, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, USA

GROUP Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, Rubin Museum of Arts, New York, USA

GROUP Scorching Sun of Tibet, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China

2007GROUP Culture-Mutt, Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago, USA

GROUP Sacred Images, Alta Galleria, Berkeley, USA

GROUP Contemporary Thangka, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, USA

2002GROUP Tibetan Thangka, The Miyares Gallery-Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, USA

2001GROUP Tibetan Thangka Painting, The Oriental Museum-Durham University, Durham, UK

2000GROUP Yamantaka, Fort Mason, San Francisco, USA

1999GROUP Amitayus, Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts, Sonoma, USA

GROUP Mandala of Compassion, Marin Headlands Center for Arts, Sausalito, USA