An interdisciplinary columnist, editor and art critic, Rosalyn D’Mello’s work has appeared in numerous publications in India and abroad, including The Hindu, Mint Lounge, Artsy, Tate Etc. and Art Review Asia. She writes from a feminist and often autobiographical perspective, and while art is a recurring subject in her writing, she also covers other cultural and social topics such as food, politics, education and activism.
D’Mello was raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), where she received her BA in English literature from St. Xavier’s College. She then completed her MA in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2008, and joined the feminist publishing house Zubaan Books. While there, she spent four years working as an associate editor on a book of essays by art critic Richard Bartholomew, which initiated her into the world of art writing. In 2010, she published her first art review, also on Bartholomew, in The Caravan.
Since then, D’Mello’s work has been regularly published and she has occupied editorial positions at art publications such as BLOUINARTINFO India, where she was Editor-in-Chief from 2012–2014. In 2015, she published her first book, A Handbook for My Lover, and began writing a weekly memoir-based column for Mid-Day. In the same year, she began interviewing South Asian artists in their studios for a monthly long-form column in OPEN magazine. These visits to artist studios form the basis of her forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on art practices in contemporary South Asia. She received a 2019–2020 grant from the India Foundation for the Arts for this project. At the time of writing, she also writes a fortnightly column for STIR magazine. In addition to her work as an art critic, she has dabbled in practicing art, most notably with The Miracle of the Loaves and the Fish, a performance piece she exhibited at HH Art Spaces, Goa in 2017.
D’Mello was an evaluator for the 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and a mentor for the 2021 Ocean Fellowship. Some anthologies and literary collections which feature her work are Dress: An Anthology Celebrating Clothes and Style Kindle Edition (2018), Walking towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell their Stories (2016), and Critical Writing Ensembles, which launched at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2016.
D’mello lives and works in Tramin, Italy.
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