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 held solo exhibitions including, Daughter of the Nile/Bint al-Nil, The American University of Cairo, Tahrir Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt (2019), Of Thorns and Love, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2018), El Beit El Kabir, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2016); Passages//Toroq, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2013); Solo Project, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, USA (2012); Qasr El Shoaq, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2010).
Her work has also been presented in numerous group exhibitions including The Ease of Fiction, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC, USA and The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2016); Islamic Art Now Part 2, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2016); We Must Risk Delight, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2015); The Avant-Garde Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, USA (2014); Color Dialogue, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE (2014); Rogue Wave ’13, LA Louver, Venice, CA, USA (2013); Southwestnet: Sherin Guirguis and Carrie Marill, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, USA (2012).
In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists.
Guirguis’ work has been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; the Las Vegas Museum of Contemporary Art, NV; the Metropolitan Authority Los Angeles, Public Art Commission, CA and the US Department of State, U.S. Consulate, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
She lives and works in Los Angeles.