Ashraf Gerges was born in Egypt in 1965 and graduated from The Institute of Coptic Studies in 1988, going on to complete advanced studies in Coptic iconography. In 1990 he obtained a Masters degree in Coptic Iconography on " The Meaning and Theology of Coptic Iconography".After obtaining his Masters, Ashraf was chosen to assist the world-famous authority on Coptic Iconography the late Dr Isaac Fanous, head of the Coptic Art department in teaching Coptic Iconography at the Institute of Coptic Studies. Since moving to Australia in 2002, Ashraf was asked by His Grace Bishop Suriel, Bishop of Melbourne and its Affiliated Regions to complete his mission in teaching and creating icons at St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College (SACOTC).
Ashraf Gerges' work has been displayed in many exhibitions all over the world, and over sixty churches around the world have been decorated with icons and murals created by him.
Ashraf Gerges has also received the Silver Medal from The Orthodox Culture Centre in Venice, Italy for his efforts in the field of Orthodox studies.