Nepalese artist Tsherin Sherpa exhibition in California

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) presents Tsherin Sherpa: Different Worlds, running January 20 through April 28, 2024. Tsherin Sherpa: Different Worlds exhibits the captivating artworks of Tsherin Sherpa, a globally renowned contemporary artist.

Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tsherin Sherpa emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. The artist’s work is grounded in his personal experiences within the Himalayan Diaspora and his rigorous training as a Thangka painter (traditional Buddhist art).

Upon relocating to the United States, Sherpa encountered new artistic influences, which led him to develop a distinctive artistic practice that seamlessly blends his traditional upbringing with contemporary perspectives.

“Tsherin Sherpa’s work is an extraordinary synthesis of traditional Himalayan culture and practices, and cutting-edge contemporary art, which makes for a unique and inspiring exhibition,” Linda Keaton, SVMA executive director, said. “His work bridges continents and cultures

This exhibition is organized by the Monterey Museum of Art.

There will be an Exhibition Reception on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from5-7:00 p.m. The event is free for SVMA members, and $10 for non-members. Register at

Programming for this exhibition includes:

Above and Below: The Art of Tsherin Sherpa

Saturday, February 3 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. including Q & A

Free for members | $15 non-member

Film screening hosted by Linda Keaton in conversation with filmmaker Sheri Brenner and narrator Peter Coyote. A conversation with the filmmaker and the narrator about the artist Tsherin Sherpa and his work, about the 9 years it took to complete the film, about the state of the arts and artists in Nepal, especially after the devastating 2015 earthquake.

About Tsherin Sherpa

Tsherin Sherpa explores the intersections of cultural heritage, personal experiences, and global influences through his art, creating a visual language that resonates with audiences worldwide. Sherpa has exhibited across the United States, Europe, and Asia—including representing Nepal in its inaugural participation at the Venice Biennale in 2022.

In 2023, Tsherin Sherpa was honored with the Asia Arts Gamer Changer Award by the Asia Society for his significant contribution to contemporary art.

About the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Established in 1998, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is a membership-supported 501(c) 3, non-profit organization that provides seasonal exhibitions of contemporary and modern art and educational and public programming for children, youth, and adults. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s mission: Building Community Around Art.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is at 551 Broadway, one-half block up from Sonoma’s historic Plaza. Current Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General admission is $10, free for SVMA members and 18 and under. Wednesday is always free.

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