Michelle Rogers grew up in Dundalk, Ireland on the border between the Northern and Southern regions of the country at the height of the Troubles. Soon after graduating from the Ireland Institute of Technology, Rogers was selected by Amnesty International to travel to Bosnia, an experience that resulted in a series of paintings about the darkest side of human nature.
In 2002, Michelle Rogers was invited to show her painting 9-11 Memorial, a tribute to those lost on September 11, at the Irish Arts Center in New York City. Other important exhibitions include Transformations 1,2,3 Tribute to Caravaggio at the Museum of Modern art in Guadalajara, Mexico and at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome; Troubles at Home at Track 16 gallery in Los Angeles; Lampedusa - a large scale painting -exhibited at Judson Memorial Church in New York City and St. George Church in Venice during The Venice Biennale 52; I Am From Where I Am at The Paul Kane Gallery in Dublin; and a solo exhibition in Rome titled On Earth As It Is In Heaven, which was accompanied by a catalogue with introduction by Italian contemporary art critic and curator Achille Bonito Oliva.
Rogers has an international collector base, and important Irish collections include Office of Public Works, Bank of Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs, President Mary Robinson, Film Director Terry George and Queens University Belfast
Rogers is also known for portraiture including an Irish postal stamp of her portrait of President O'Dalaigh. In 2012, Rogers was commissioned by the family of Prince Doria Pamphilj family to paint their portrait, which hangs in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome.
Rogers divides her time between Rome, New York, and Dublin