Explore the captivating and sublime paintings and sculpture of Nepalese-born Tibetan American contemporary artist Tsherin Sherpa. VMFA presents the global artist’s first museum exhibition as a focused retrospective, tracing his groundbreaking career. In this thought-provoking, participatory art experience, the works on view form a narrative arc of both autobiography and social commentary, addressing loss, struggle, and re-empowerment. Collected and shown worldwide, Sherpa’s artwork has garnered international acclaim and was featured in VMFA’s 2019 exhibition Awaken. Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits is curated by John Henry Rice, VMFA’s E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art.

Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund.


IMAGE Tara Gaga, 2016, Tsherin Sherpa (Nepalese, born 1968), gold leaf, acrylic, and ink on cotton, Tsherin Sherpa (born 1968), Private Collection, Dubai