Rollie Mukherjee is an artist, art critic, art historian and poet based in Vadodara, India. She received an MFA in Art Criticism from Maharaja Sayyaji Rao University, Baroda in India and a BFA (Hons.) from the Department of Art History, “KalaBhavan” at Visva Bharathi University in Shantiniketan, India.
Using either watercolour on paper or oil on canvas, Mukherjee’s work often reflects politics, culture and the human condition. Her art has been notably influenced by her late father, a photographer for the Indian Ministry of Defence, who documented war weaponry while on his free time taking photos of weddings, family gatherings and various events in the day-to-day life of the people. These two very different sides of her father’s photography practice intrigued her. Mukherjee utilizes the disjointed and fragmented pieces of everyday life, which she juxtaposes with images of war to create works that are political, conflictual yet sublimely beautiful. She thereby often documents relations between past and present, dream and reality, and the ways in which war can co-exist with the impression of peace. Indeed, in the majority of her paintings, one can find undercurrents of a looming war in people’s everyday lives. Mukherjee's work also examines the stark differences between gender in nature, and the expectations and gender discrimination that can be found across human cultures.
Mukherjee has won numerous awards for her paintings and she has had solo and group exhibitions in both India and abroad. Her work is held in private collections throughout India, as well as in other countries including South Africa and China.