Sherwin Rio is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco, CA who uses metaphors within a Filipino American lens to deflate systems of opposition and separation within cultural historical convergences.
Rio was the recipient of the 2017 Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation. He also received the 2018 Ella King Torrey Award for Innovation & Excellence in the Arts, the 2018 MFA Outstanding Graduate Award, and the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Award in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute where he also served as 2017-2018 co-director of the Diego Rivera Gallery. He is the current exhibitions fellow at Root Division and intern at the Carlos Villa Estate. He has exhibited as a solo and collaborative artist in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Mexico.
Rio received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida in 2014 and is expected to receive the dual Master of Arts in History and Theory of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019.