Sherwin Rio
Exhibition Fellow Alum

Sherwin Rio is an interdisciplinary artist who uses visual metaphors from a Filipino-American perspective to address invisibility, hyper-visibility and mis-visibility produced by colonial structures.

Rio has exhibited and performed as a solo and collaborative artist throughout the U.S. in venues such as: Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), Carlsbad Museum of Art (NM), San Jose State University (CA), Portland State University (OR), Dominican University (San Raphael, CA), Human Resources (Los Angeles, CA), Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA), and SOMArts Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA).

His awards include the 2019 International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, the San Francisco Art Institute's 2018 Ella King Torrey Award for Innovation & Excellence in the Arts, and the 2017 Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship Award. Rio received a dual MFA/MA in Studio Art/History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019 and a BFA in Printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida in 2014.

Sherwin Rio is currently based in San Francisco where he holds a Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is Photography Editor and Curatorial Committee member for “Carlos Villa: Roots, Rituals, and Actions”, a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Grantee traveling retrospective and University of California Press catalog publication co-presented by SF Art Institute and SF Asian Art Museum for 2021.