Gerald Euhon Sheffield II is an artist and educator living and working in Los Angeles, California. His work engages in a long-term practice to challenge Western stereotypes of non-European representation inherent in the global residue of American foreign policy. His studio discipline is based in critical and site-specific research, the shifting intentions of material artifacts, and fluid dialogues between art, design, and public discourse. Sheffield’s professional background consists of a diversity of institutions and collaborations across borders.
He served in the United States Army for eight years as a Visual Communications and Military Intelligence Public Affairs specialist in Paraguay, Guatemala, Brazil, and Kuwait. He deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008, working alongside Iraqi civilians and community leaders during the Iraqi Reconstruction campaign.
He received a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University. He is the recipient of the United States Armed Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship, and JUNCTURE Human Rights Research and Travel Fellowship in South Africa. He is currently on a Fulbright Creative and Performing Arts Grant in Uzbekistan, researching the Islamic architecture of the Silk Road and its influence on the tolerance and diversity of Central Asian Muslim society.