Rina Banerjee, ‘Jack Fruit Johnny she was a diasporic Devi changed her name to honey changed her faith to sunny , changed this sex to something funny , changed her city to New York City -all for reason to be far far away from misery and war for money’, 2015, Jacob Lewis Gallery

About Rina Banerjee

New York–based Indian artist Rina Banerjee's iridescent sculptural installations and dreamy, exotically colored drawings and paintings of birds, beasts, and demigods explore fusions of materials and cultures. Her work typically incorporates a wide range of objects and media, including taxidermy alligators, wooden cots, ostrich eggs, light bulbs, umbrellas, saris, pigments, shells, and feathers. Banerjee has called her practice an examination of diasporas and journeys, “specific colonial moments that reinvent place and identity.” Synthesizing mythology, religion, anthropology, and fairy tales, she is equally informed by Western culture and Eastern tradition, particularly Tibetan, Himalayan, and Indian art.

Indian, b. 1963, Kolkata, India, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Rina Banerjee: Human Likeness, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
2015
Rina Banerjee: Tropical Urban, Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York
2015
Rina Banerjee: Migration's Breath, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore
2014
Rina Banerjee: Disgust, L.A. Louver, Venice