San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist Sherwin Rio uses visual metaphors within a Filipino-American lens to reclaim erased histories. Rio has exhibited as a solo and collaborative artist in California, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.
In 2018, Rio received the San Francisco Art Institute’s Ella King Torrey Award for Innovation & Excellence in the Arts, the MFA Outstanding Graduate Award, and the Outstanding Graduate Award in New Genres. He also received the 2017 Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation.
Rio currently holds an Exhibitions Fellowship at Root Division, an Internship at the Carlos Villa Estate, and has previously served as Co-director of the Diego Rivera Gallery from 2017-2018.
He received a 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 Fine Arts in Studio Art and Master of Arts in History and Theory of Contemporary Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019.