Rabin Mondal was born in 1929 in Howrah, Kolkata.
In 1952 he completed his degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Vidyasagar College at Kolkata University in Kolkata. From 1956 - 1958 he attended the evening classes at the Indian College of Art and Draughtmanship in Kolkata. In 1959 he completed his Art Appreciation Course from Ashutosh Museum at Kolkata University in Kolkata.
Rabin has had several solo exhibitions:
From 1961 - 1973, 1976, 1987, 1993 and 1999 he exhibited solo at various places in Kolkata. In 1974, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991 he showcased solo in several place in New Delhi. From 1978 - 1980 and in 1984 he had solo exhibitions at Birla Academy of Art and Culture in Kolkata. In 1980 he had a solo show at Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. In 1989 and 1990 he exhibited solo in Mumbai. In 1993 he had a solo show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 2014 - 2015 and 2016 he exhibited 'Kingdom of Exile: A Retrospective' at Delhi Art Gallery, Mumbai and at DAG Modern, New York.
He has participated in several group exhibitions:
In 1955, 1969, 1970 - 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1995, 1998 - 2002 and 2010 he participated in various group exhibitions in Kolkata. From 1963 - 1965, 1971, 1973, 1980 - 1982 and 1985 he exhibited in group shows at Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. In 1964, 1969, 1994 and 1996 he took part in group exhibitions at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) and LTG Gallery in New Delhi. In 1968 and 1972 he participated in group exhibitions at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. In 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978 - 1980 and 1983 he took part in several group shows at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. From 1975, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 he participated in multiple group shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangladesh and Bangalore. In 1975 he took part in the 3rd Triennale in New Delhi. In 1984 he participated in the Tokyo Biennale, Japan. From 2003 - 2005, 2010 and 2011 he took aprt in Manifestations I - VI’ at Delhi Art Gallery in New Delhi. From 2006 - 2008 he took part in groups shows at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. In 2013 he participated in 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art' at Delhi Art Gallery in New Delhi.
Rabin has won many awards:
In 1996 he won the ‘Eminent Painter’ award from All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) in New Delhi. In 2001 he was given the Abanindranath Puraskar by the Department of Information and Culture, Government of West Bengal in Kolkata.
Rabin lives and works in Kolkata.