Meet Sherin Guirguis, Egyptian-American visual artist based in Los Angeles

Sherin Guirguis is an Egyptian American artist famous for her visual arts and contemporary centerpieces aimed at engaging audiences in a dialogue about power, agency, and social transformation. She is also known for using her works to shed light on marginalized and contested stories relating to women.

Guirguis was born in Luxor, Egypt in 1974 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she received her BA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California. This was followed by his MFA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Currently, Guirguis runs the Sherin Guirguis Studio where she creates contemporary art, sculpture and architecture for major exhibitions.

For example, between 2008 and 2013, Guirguis worked with mixed media on hand-cut papers such as Mashrabeyas, Duwamah and Coops. However, she also worked on sculptures such as Cairo Trilogy (which evoked the evolution of Egyptian culture and the collapse and reconstruction of modern Egypt), Passages // Toroq (which highlights the concerns of formation of identity, highlighted primarily in the wake of Arab Springs) and One I Call (a site-specific sculpture commissioned for the inaugural iteration of the Desert X biennial).

In 2021, Guirguis also participated in Art D’Egypte with his sculpture “Forever Is Now”, becoming one of many contemporary artists to complement the Great Pyramid and its surrounding landscapes with art. This was followed by A’aru at the Candlewood Arts Festival the following year.

In hindsight, many of his works served as commentaries on various topics affecting the Middle East and its people, while combining Western minimalist language with Middle Eastern ornamentation. In addition to being featured in art museums across the United States, his works have also earned him the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, as well as the City of Los Individual Artist Fellowship. Los Angeles 2014-2015.

Briana R. Cross