Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1968, Tsherin Sherpa currently works and resides in the United States. From the age of 12, he studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting with his father Master Urgen Dorje, a renowned thangka artist from Ngyalam, Tibet. After 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 where he began to explore his own style—reimagining traditional tantric motifs, symbols, colours and gestures placed in resolutely contemporary compositions.
He has exhibited across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (2015); Beyond the Mandala – Contemporary Art from Tibet, Volte Gallery, Mumbai, in collaboration with Rossi & Rossi, London (2011); Scorching Sun of Tibet, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing (2010); Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, Rubin Museum of Arts, New York (2010); Buddha in the Hood, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, Vermont (2010); Sacred Images, Alta Galleria, Berkeley, California (2007); Contemporary Thangka, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California (2007); and in solo exhibitions at Rossi & Rossi London (2012) and Hong Kong (2016).
In addition to many private collections around the world, Sherpa’s work can be found in the public collections of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.