Tsherin Sherpa was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1968. He received formal training in traditional thangka painting from his father Urgen Dorje, a master thangka artist from Nyalam. Together, father and artists worked on numerous projects including both thangka and monastery murals. In 1998 Tsherin Sherpa moved to the U.S. where he worked as a thangka artist and instructor at different Buddhist centers. This year he was awarded the Rubin Himalayan Artist Fellowship, an artist retreat, at the Vermont Studio Center. He currently resides in Oakland, California.