Tara Sabharwal was born in New Delhi, India, studied painting at MS University, Baroda. She completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art in London with tutors Peter de Francia, Ken Kiff, and Yehuda Safran, on a British Council scholarship (1982-84). As a student in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum bought her work and she showed at Bernard Jacobson and Christopher Hull galleries.
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 has lived in India, the 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, Rebecca Hossack, and Idler galleries in London; Galerie Scherer, Michael Oess, Galerie Schwerpunkt, Martina Janzen, and Arts Karlsruhe in Germany; Henry Street settlement, John Jay, Stephen Harris, Gallery 678, and Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City; and Art Heritage, Cymroza, Nazar, Sakshi, Art Alive. MS University, and Sumukha galleries in India. She has shown at HISHIO, Japan; VM Gallery, Pakistan; Orvieto arts festival, Italy; and Versailles, Chamalieres and Duoro Printmaking Triennials in France and Portugal.
She received the Henry Street fellowship, International Cultural Collaborations grant, Cooper Union residency, HISHIO International exchange residency in Japan, Conversazioni Contemporari residency in Sponganno, Italy, Women's Studio Workshop residency in Rosendale, NY, CALL ( Creating a Living Legacy) Joan Mitchell grant, and Gottlieb Individual Support grant. She has taught art at the Guggenhiem Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a School, City University (CUNY), and the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. She has served on the board of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC. Her work is in the collection of the British Museum, London (two collections); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (two collections); DLI Museum, Durham, UK; and in the New York Public Library, NY; Peabody Essex Museum, Boston; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.