Ang Tsherin Sherpa – kathmandu triennale

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California-based Ang Tsherin Sherpa is known for his paintings where he transforms traditional images by merging them with contemporary elements. For Kathmandu Triennale the artist makes an installation in the form of a mandala made of debris from the 2015 earthquakes. Elements, as remnants of the destructive force of nature, are arranged into the perfect form of a mandala symbolizing the cosmos.


Tsherin Sherpa (born 1968, in Kathmandu, Nepal) is a Tibetan/Nepalese artist who works in painting, sculpture and installation. Trained in a traditional Tibetan thangka painting from a young age, Sherpa borrows from Tibetan iconography to abstract, fragment and reconstruct the traditional image to investigate and explore the diasporic experience as well as the dichotomy found where sacred and secular culture collide. By employing mass culture's ubiquitous noise, Tsherin imports these representations into a heightened dialogue where deities, pop icons, and global affairs can renegotiate into a mirror-like transmutation.

Sherpa’s works has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including Rubin Museum of Art (New York), Queens Museum (New York) Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, MASSMoCA (Massachusetts), Songzhuang Art Center (Beijing), Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and QAGOMA (Australia) during the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial.