Sherin Guirguis was born in Luxor, Egypt in 1974. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997 and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001.
Raised in Cairo and now living in Los Angeles, Guirguis' work investigates the politics of ornamentation.
Her work engages both formal and social concerns by juxtaposing the reductive Western language of minimalist aesthetics with that of Eastern Arabic ornamentation.
Guirguis has had a solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, CA in 2012 and an accompanying catalogue features an essay on her work by writer and art critic Dave Hickey.
She has an upcoming solo exhibition at The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE, Fall 2013 . Her work has been included in the 2010 California Biennial and she has had solo projects at LAXART, Los Angeles; Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica and POST, Los Angeles.
Guirguis' work will be also be featured in two international groups shows Fall 2012 including Tessellation Make up at CDA Projects, Istanbul, Turkey and Royal Academy Encounters, in Doha, Qatar.
Additional group exhibitions include Quadruple Consciousness, curated by Malik Gaines at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Under The Knife, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Las Vegas Diaspora, curated by Dave Hickey at the Las Vegas Art Museum; Quickening, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tuscan and The Dreams Stuff is Made Of, ArtFrankfurt, Germany.
She has also participated in a series of public programs in conjunction with the 11th Cairo Biennale in 2008.
Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Flash Art, the Los Angeles Times, Beautiful/Decay, The Huffington Post, Artweek, among other publications.
In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists.
Her work has been acquired by the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX and the Las Vegas Museum of Contemporary Art, NV.
In addition to her own work, Guirguis occasionally curates exhibitions featuring emerging artists in California.