Rina Banerjee was born in Kolkata, India, in 1963. She grew up in several cities, including briefly in London and Manchester, but mostly in New York. She received her BSc in polymer engineering from Case Western University and worked as a polymer research chemist for a few years before changing her profession entirely to art.
She broke from science after attending the Yale School of Art, where she studied ethnicity, race and migration with renowned professor Laura Wexler, who focuses on historical photo archives and ethnographic readings. Banerjee earned an MFA in painting in 1995, and went on to teach college studio practise, as well as art theory and feminist art and theory in visual culture classes, for seven years. For the past twenty years, she has been working exclusively in the studio.
The artist’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at venues in New York City. Her exhibitions have also spanned thirteen biennials across the globe. Banerjee’s works are included in numerous private and public collections across the globe, such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the San José Museum of Art, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
She currently lives and works in New York City.