Born in 1963 in Kolkata, India
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Rina Banerjee is a mid-career artist based in New York City. Originally from Kolkata, she creates multi-faceted sculptures, paintings and drawings, fusing boundaries between East and West. Banerjee’s choice of material and subject matter question the experiences of femininity, climate change, migration, commerce, and identity in a globalized world. Her sculptures place in conversation cultural objects, textiles, domestic items, mythologies, as well as the material residue of colonialism. 

Banerjee has received considerable international recognition, recently a traveling retrospective (Frist Art Museum in Nashville, San Jose Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts), survey exhibition at Museé Guimet in Paris, participation in the 55th and 57th Venice Biennale. She has also been included in important group exhibitions, including Centre Pompidou, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

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- Case Western Reserve University, Case Institute of Technology, Polymer Engineering, BS

- Yale University, Yale School of Art, Painting and Printmaking, MFA

solo shows

- Innocent Rivals, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland 
- Take Me to the Palace of Love, Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse, New York 
- Black Noodles, Perrotin, New York, NY
- Blind spot, Imagining those who are invisible, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

- Blemish, In Deep Pink Everything Begins, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ

- Irresistible Earth, Kunsthall 3,14, Bergen, Norway

- Irresistible Earth, an uncontrollable and unconditional love is bestowed to us upon birth. Love for nature infinitely ripening, delicious and dangerous, their fruits, a fermented and fresh gorgeous beauty…, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium
- Vapor, Thread, Fire and Earth, between ground and sky Masculine Mythologies and Feminine Escapes, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Jacksonville, FL
- Make Me A Summary of the World, Traveling Solo Retrospective: curated by Jodi Throckmorton and Lauren Dickens, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN

- Make Me A Summary of the World, Traveling Solo Retrospective: curated by Jodi Throckmorton and Lauren Fowler Museum of African and Asian Art at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Blemish, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

- Make Me A Summary of the World, Traveling Solo Retrospective: curated by Jodi Throckmorton and Lauren Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
- Take My Hand in Marriage, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

- Human Likeness, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- A Bundle of Twine and Difficulties of the Tongue, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

- Look Up There, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

- Human Traffic, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
- Tropical Urban, Jacob Lewis Gallery, NY, New York

- Migration’s Breath, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore
- Disgust, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA

- What am I made of and How do you know my name?, OTA Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
- A world lost, Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian, Washington D.C

- Creationismʼs Kiss, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium

- Chimeras of the India & the West, Musée Guimet, Paris, France
- Imagining the other half of the world from here, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

- Forever Foreign, Haunch of Venison, London, England

- Look into my eyes and you will see a world unexplainable - out of place, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium

- Allure, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

- Where the Wild Things Are ( no place at all and all places that cannot be lived in but visited, realized out of our careful, playful and tenacious tourism of others, realized as our mobility wanders too far)", Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany
- Foreign Fruit, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

- Fantasies without travel will travel, AMT Gallery, Como, Italy

- Antenna, Bose Pacia, Brooklyn, NY

- Auf Wiedersehen, Admit One Gallery, New York, NY

- Home Harem, Colgate University Gallery, Hamilton, NY

group shows

- Fondation Villa Datris, Les Mondes Imaginaires, Paris, France
- Godzilla: Echoes from the 1990's Asian American Arts Network, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, NY
- Upcoming, Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C

- The Sky's the Limit, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C
- Spirit in the Land, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University,  Durham, NC
- Women's, Nonbinary, and Transgender Perspectives from the Collection, Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park, FL
- Art & Science Fiction: A Gateway to Possible Worlds, curated by Alexandra Müllet, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

- What is Left Unspoken curated by Michael Rooks, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

- Our Whole, Unruly Selves, San Jose Museum of Art, San José, CA
- SeenUNseen curated by Alison Saar, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
- Where We Are Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- Dialogue: Rina Banerjee And Zai Kuning, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

- 100 Drawings, Drawing Center, New York, NY
- Never Done, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, curated by Rachel Seligman, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Art in Focus, Women from the Center, Yale Center for British Art, curated by Rachel Stratton, New Haven, CT
- South East North West: New Works from the Collection San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
- On the Basis of Art, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
- Geographia, Sargent's Daughters Gallery, New York, NY
- How the Light Gets in, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

- XIII International Cairo Biennale, Eyes East Bound, curated by The Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem, Cairo, Egypt
- Intricacies: Fragment and Meaning, Aicon Gallery, New York, NY
- Demise, The Cleveland State University Art Galleries, Cleveland, OH

- 5th Kochi Biennial, curated by Anita Dube, Kochi, India
- Open Spaces, curated by Dan Cameron, Kansas City, KS

- 57th Venice Biennial, Vive Arte, Arsenal, curated by Christine Marcel, Venice, Italy
- 4th US Biennial Prospect.4 NOLA, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, New Orleans, LA

- Busan Biennial, Hybridizing Earth Discussing Multitude, curated by Yun Cheagab, Busan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea
- Displacement: Symbols and Journeys, curated by Amy Gaplin, Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
- Hey You!~Who me?!, curated by Robert Storr, Yale University, 32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven, CT

- Asian Art Biennial, Artist Making Movement, curated by Iris Haung, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taichung City, Taiwan
- Greater New York Show, curated by Peter Eeley and Mia Lock, PS1 MOMA, New York, NY

- Astralis, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

- 55th Venice Biennale, Glasstress Museum, curated by James Putman, Venice, Italy
- Florence and Daniel Guerlain Donation, Center Pompidou, Paris, France
- Vivid Strata: New Representations of Asia, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

- 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7), Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
- India: Art Now, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
- Crossings: Time Unfolded-II, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India
- Misunderstood, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

- Yokohama Triennial, Our Magic Hour, curated by Akiko Miki, BankART 1929, Yokohama, Japan
- Fragility, Art Alive, Gurgaon, India
- RoundAbout, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Facets of the Figure, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
- Fabular Bodies: New Narratives in the Art of the Miniature, Harmony Art Foundation, Mumbai, India
- EAST EX EAST, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
- Pangea: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence, Frey Norris Modern & Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
- Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India", San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

- Fantasmagoria: Le monde mythique, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
- Wild Flowers, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
- Roundabout, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

- The road of marvels, path of elegance, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels
- Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality, organized by Gallery Espace, New Delhi / Rabindra Bhawan Galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
- Anomalies, Rossi and Rossi, London, England
- Wonderland, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
- Pretty is as pretty does, SITE Santa Fe Contemporary Art Center, Santa Fe, NM
- Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London, England

- Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil Still Bloom), Cueto Project, New York, NY
- Everywhere is War (And Rumours of War), Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
- Indian Focus, Espace Claude Berri, Paris, France
- Exploding the Lotus, Art and Culture Center for Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

- An Archaeology, The Zabludowicz Art Collection, London, England

- Black Moon Island: Contemporary International Drawing, One in the Other Gallery, London, England
- The 3rd Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Echigo-Tsumari Region, curated by Fram Kitagawa, Hachi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
- Looking in the Eye of the Beholder, Rotunda Gallery, New York, NY
- Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now, Queens Museum, Corona, NY
- Agra, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

- Greater New York Show, MOMA P.S. 1, New York, NY

- Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

- Yankee Remix, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA

- Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

- Bodies of Resistance, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

- Artists in the Marketplace, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY, USA

public collections

- Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
- Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
- The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
- Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
- Fondation Louis Vuitton pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris
- Foundation of Contemporary Art Daniel and Florence Guerlain, Les Mesnuls
- The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles
- Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
- Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
- Les Abattoirs, Toulouse Museum, Toulouse
- Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
- Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, NY
- New York Public Library, New York, NY
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA
- Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
- Queens Museum, New York, NY
- Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
- San Jose Art Museum, San Jose, CA
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
- University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
- Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
- Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA


- Art Explora Cité Internationale des arts residencies, Paris, France

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