Sherwin Rio was born in Jacksonville, Florida and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida in 2014. He has exhibited in various shows including the 5th and 6th Annual Filipino Pride Day festivals in Jacksonville, his AMERIKANMADE solo exhibition in Gainesville, and various group shows in San Francisco. Rio is the recipient of the 2017 San Francisco Foundation's Jack K. & Gertrude Murphy Fellowship Award. He currently lives in San Francisco and is expected to receive the MFA/MA dual degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019.
Perpetually foreign, fitting neither here nor there— I’m hanging on a clothesline between two countries. Working at the intersection of cultural identities, I investigate the ways in which belonging becomes blurred.
Domestic objects, clothing items, and house-construction materials function as sculpture to reference the home space that became my Philippines in America. My work is about a conflicted conception of what identity should be according to two different cultural rubrics. By using pieces of my personal history as departure points to explore biculturalism, I ask the question: Can I ever come to know that which is foreign to me?