Rina Banerjee (born 1963 in Kolkata, India) is an Indian-American artist and sculptor whose other-wordly sculptural installations, illustrations, and paintings consist of birds, beasts, and demigods and often blend a wide range of objects and media. Banerjee’s work focuses on ethnicity, race, migration, diaspora, and her own personal experience as an immigrant while fusing various cultural inspirations such as Indian miniature paintings, Chinese silk paintings, and Aztec drawings.
Though Banerjee was born in Kolkata, India, she spent her childhood between Manchester, London, and New York City and has remained in the United States since. Banerjee earned her BS degree in Polymer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, and completed her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 1995.
Banerjee currently lives in New York City and is a critic for the Yale School of Art Graduate Program.