Sheryo - Artist portrait, 2015, photo via

Sheryo /   Unknown

Singapore 1984

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Murals

April 6, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Singapore-born artist, Sheryo officially lives in New York, but she spends most of her time exhibiting or painting walls overseas. Travelling around the world and visiting different countries, like Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia or UAE, she finds her motivation and inspiration for further work. Living her own adventure, Sheryo successfully subsists in predominantly men’s world of graffiti art. Her influences range from the tattoos to cartoons she watched as a child, so her art is fool of jovial and gnarly characters taken from the pop imagery, like pizza slices smoking cigarettes or skateboard-riding hot-dogs. She was named as one of the Top 10 Street Artist to Watch in 2013.

Sheryo creates jovial and gnarly characters

Sheryo - Untitled, photo via gallery stuf love perth painting
Sheryo – Untitled, photo via

Making the Skatching Journal

Always carrying the sketchbook with her, Sheryo translates everything into the drawings. The food she eats, encounters with the people she meets, their culture and customs, all these things are noted like in the journal. Since childhood she was obsessed with the Reg Mombassa cartoon and among the artists, she liked Todd James Reas, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgalen and Michael Sieben. She dreamed of living in New York, and when she got there, nobody has known about her work. Shortly she started to invade the walls in the city.

Her work abounds with exquisite lines and quirky mythology

Sheryo - Untitled (detail), photo via gallery stuff painting love perth
Sheryo – Untitled (detail), photo via

Partnership and Inspiration

Of crucial importance was her acquaintance with Australian graffiti artist The Yok, who became her companion and fellow worker in adventures around the world. Working together with him provide much inspiration for Sheryo and combination of these two artistic minds create a lot of crazy ideas. They travelled to Indonesia where they held an exhibition, learned batik, method of patterning fabric using a wax-resist dyeing and made wooden sculptures. The result of this trip, show The Nasty Gorend, exhibited in Los Angeles and New York, represents the experiences and impressions collected in Yogyakarta. They explored the traditional world of Indonesian shadow puppet theatre, and adapted ancient techniques such as the traditional handicraft of batik, implementing them into their comic illustrations.

She learned batik, method of patterning fabric using a wax-resist dyeing

Painting in Miami Wynwood

Sheryo’s work can be also seen in the famous Wynwood doors and outside the Walls thanks to her participation in Goldman Properties’ Women on the Walls program for Art Basel 2013. She made graffiti for well-known clients, as Adidas, Nike, Converse, MTV Asia, GAP. She started to paint on streets in 2005, and three years later she began to travel, living in Cambodia for some time. Working in a studio in the red light district of Phnom Penh, she created her world of exquisite lines and quirky mythology. Working in different mediums, from paintings to three-dimensional sculptures, installations and moving images, her art explore the human psyche and delusions towards contemporary lifestyles.

Sheryo is represented by Street Art Anarchy.

Sheryo lives and works in Brookin, New York.

Featured image: Sheryo – Artist portrait, 2015, photo via
All images used for illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014Street Art Festival Wynwood, MiamiSolo
2014Nasty Goreng LA Superchief Gallery, New YorkDuo
2014Nasty Goreng NY Krause Gallery, New YorkDuo
2014ART RESIDENCY Yogyakarta, IndonesiaDuo
2014Nasty Goreng Sheryo The Yok Turner Galleries, Perth, AustraliaSolo
2013Women on the Walls Wynwood Walls, Miami, USAGroup
2013MURAL PAINTING Wynwood Walls, Wynwood Block, NW26th & 3rd Ave, Miami, USAGroup
2013MURAL PAINTING Max Fish Pop-up, South Beach, Miami, USAGroup
2013CREATIVE CONFERENCE Artlab, Perth, AustraliaGroup
2013Let's Smoke some beers Temp Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2013Neon Golden Above Second Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013White Canvas Project London, UKGroup
2013Propa Stuff Cambridge, UKGroup
2013Pipe Dreams Krause Gallery, New York, USADuo
2013Art in Public Places Chicago, USAGroup
2013SCOPE Art Fair, New York, USAGroup
2013Hotel Pakololo mural painting Puerto Escondido, MexicoGroup
2013Anonymous Festival Sayulita, MexicoGroup
2012Enter the Prism Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Dubai, Mexico, USAGroup
2012Tiger Translate Party Tiger Beer, DubaiSolo
2012Half Half No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2012Corpse Corps Urban Legends Signal Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012Kingbrown #8 Klughaus Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012The Devil made me do it He made she made Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2012Wonderwalls Wollongong, AustraliaGroup
2012Half-Half No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2012Lets Go Magic Weirdos Paper Mountain Gallery, Perth, AustraliaGroup
2012This Art is so Street Stupid Easy Gallery, PhiladelphiaGroup
2012Living walls 2012 AtlantaGroup
2012Kingbrown #8 Launch Exhibition The Butcher Shop, PerthSolo
2012Kingbrown #8 Launch Exhibition Tate Gallery, SydneySolo
2012Kingbrown #8 Launch Exhibition Klughaus Gallery, New YorkSolo
2012Believe the Hype Pandemic Gallery, New YorkSolo
2012Reprint show Hendershot Gallery, New YorkSolo
2012Pangeaseed, the great west coast migration LaBasse Projects, LAGroup
2012Fang to Fur Flabslab Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2012Wild at Heart - Keep Wildlife in the Wild Thinkspace Gallery, LAGroup
2012Weapons of Mass Change VA, California, NY, MiamiGroup
2011Apsara themed wall murals and art pieces painted specially for Lebiz Hotel Phnom Penh, CambodiaSolo
2011Sweet Streets LA, 1980s American & Japanese Pop Cultures WWA Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2011Crowded Teeth by Sweet Streets LA Munky King, Los AngelesGroup
2011Tiger Translate Cambodia NRG Warehouse, Phnom PenhGroup
2011Nixon Art Mosh Old School Mt. Sophia, SingaporeGroup
2011Vue privee Moving Still, SingaporeGroup
2011Face Off, Street Art Battle Old School Mt. Sophia, SingaporeGroup
2011Fairitize My Art The TCC Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011Drawing words, reading picture The Substation, SingaporeGroup
2010Show Me the Love National Drama Centre, SingaporeGroup
2010Nixon Art Mosh Old School Mt. Sophia, SingaporeGroup
2010Carbonated Launch - Live Painting Showcase and Sculpture Installation Orchard Central, SingaporeSolo
2010Redrum, A Inspired by the movie 'The Shining' Old School, SingaporeGroup
2010The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Inspired by the movie Old School, SingaporeGroup
2009Crossville Pop-Up Exhibition Red Dot Design Museum, SingaporeGroup
2009Adidas Originals Artist for Adidas House Party Timberlux Centre, SingaporeGroup
2008You Only Live Once ExhibitionThe Arts House, SingaporeGroup
2008Adiartist for Adidas Originals, Exhibition and Live Painting Showcase Raffles City, SingaporeSolo

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