Rina Banerjee, who was born in Kolkata, India and lives in New York, works with a cosmopolitan eclecticism that reflects both her transnational background and her sophisticated understanding of the narrative power of objects. Using trinkets made for the tourist trade — horn, bone, feathers, shells, textiles, glass bottles and antiques — she assembles rapturous sculptures that are mystifyingly shamanistic, yet overflowing with connotation. Her works are hyper-ornamented and lushly seductive. Conjoining rarities with cheap, mass-produced bric-a-brac, she appropriates extravagantly while rejecting hierarchies of material, culture and value.

In Banerjee’s paintings and delicate drawings on paper, female figures float in chimerical landscapes, often in states of transformation or with hybrid features of birds and beasts.  Her titles are long, free-form refrains that immerse the viewer in the physical and emotional space of the work, heightening its quasi-mystical magnetism.

Rina Banerjee
Rina Banerjee
Calcutta, 1963

Past Exhibitions


Ota Fine Arts Singapore
04/03/2017 — 08/04/2017

Greater New York

11/10/2015 — 07/03/2016

Rina Banerjee: Migration’s Breath

22/01/2015 — 21/03/2015

Solo Shows


Human Likeness, Hosfelt Gallery, San Franscisco, CA

Human Doll, Sophia Contemporary, London


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

A world lost”, Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian, Washington DC

Tender Mahal – Lifted, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bowerbirdnest, Future Perfect, Singapore

Group Shows


En toute modestie – Archipel Di Rosa, curated by Julie Crenn, MIAM Sète, (Musée International des Arts Modestes), France

20th Anniversary Exhibition, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Displacement: Symbols and Journeys, curated by Amy Gaplin, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Florida, USA

Hey You!~Who me?!, curated by Robert Storr, Yale University, 32 Edgewood Gallery, Ct, USA.


Asian Art Biennial,“Artist Making Movement, curated by Iris Haung, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan, China.

New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY

Eye Contact, Improvised Showboat, Brooklyn, NY


Holding It Together: Collage, Montage, Assemblage, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Astralis”, Espace Cultural Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Des Hommes, Des Mondes, College des Barnardins, Paris, France

Cross Section: Recent Acquisitions”, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Calcutta Country of birth: India Date of birth: 1963 Lives in: New York, USA
W: Rina Banerjee M: rinabanerjee@me.com