Nataraj Sharma was born in Mysore in 1958 and grew up in Egypt, England and Zambia. He studied applied art at the M.S.U. Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, graduating in 1982.
Nataraj is a multi-media artist working between installation, painting and digital art. His works are greatly inspired by his hybrid childhood which honed his artistic sensibilities towards the socio-political differences and the cultural influences of modernisation. Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp’s works as stalwarts of pop-art left a very strong impression on him. At the same time, he adopted the influences from the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, eventually developing a unique style that was bold and distinctly his own.
The artist works in oil or acrylic painting figures and portraits along with landscapes. He is also known for his large-scale installations that explore urban landscapes and experiment with form and shape. His recent works are a comment on the dysfunctional state of civilization as depicted through empty factories and battered machines.
Nataraj Sharma was awarded the Sotheby`s Prize for the best emerging artist in the year 1993 and participated in an artist residency program at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) in 2006. Numerous key galleries and museums such as Aicon Gallery, New York have exhibited his works. He has held several solo and group shows.