Tara Sabharwal was born in Delhi, studied painting at MS University, Baroda and completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art in London on a British Council scholarship. As a student in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum bought her work and she showed at Bernard Jacobson and Christopher Hull galleries.
Sabharwal has taught art at the Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a school, City University (CUNY) and the Rubin Museum of Art. She has received the Henry Street fellowship, International cultural collaborations grant, Cooper union residency, Hishio international exchange residency in Japan and her work is in the collection of the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (a second collection) in London, the New York public library, Peabody Essex Museum in Boston and the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
On returning to India she had solo shows at Art Heritage and Cymroza galleries and after three years left for the UK on the Myles Meehan fellowship. This was followed by the Durham Cathedral fellowship and shows at the Laing Art gallery, DLI Museum, and the Darlington Art Center along with teaching in Newcastle and Sunderland Art colleges.
In 1990 Tara visited New York and since then lives between India, UK and NY, making paintings and prints and continuing to show internationally. She has had solo shows at Harewood House, Mercury, La Monte, East West and Rebecca Hossack galleries in London; Galerie Scherer, Michael Oess, Galerie Schwerpunkt and Martina Janzen in Germany; Henry Street settlement, John Jay, Stephen Harris and Gallery 678 in New York and Art Heritage, Cymroza, Nazar, Sakshi and Art alive galleries in India. She has shown at HISHIO, Japan, Orvieto arts festival, Italy and Versailles, Chamalieres and Duoro print triennials in France and Portugal. In 2013 she has had solo shows at Arts Karsruhe (Germany) Idler gallery (London), Martina Janzen gallery, Dusseldorf and the Manhattan Graphic center, NYC.
"Multiple realities and the overlapping of time fascinate me. We live the time past in the time present, colored by visions of the time to come; as the present, riding the waves of chance, slowly unfolds itself.
Life has taken me from my birthplace in Delhi to many new places and identities. My pictures of homes left, lost, remembered, revisited and continually reinvented narrate the story of my own migration and a search for myself through it.
Alongside architecture, nature is a recurrent theme in my work. In some pictures, rain becomes an apt metaphor for grief -- an uncontrollable outpouring, but also a cleansing and rejuvenating catalyst for renewal. Other pictures celebrate the moods of nature, the beauty of leaf and flower, the resilience of roots and the wonder of life."