Tushar Joag (1966-2018) was born in Mumbai. He completed his Bachelors in Fine art in 1988 (Sir JJ. School of Art, Mumbai) and Masters in 1990 (M.S. University, Baroda). After spending two years (1998 to 2000) at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he returned to Mumbai and co-founded the artists initiative Open Circle in 2000. He has been involved in organizing and coordinating activities in Mumbai and for the World Social Forum in Brazil and Kenya. He has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions. He has been a Visiting Faculty, and has delivered numerous talks and seminars in India and abroad on invitation. He has been a member of jury for various awards and academic examinations in prestigious institutions. He has been part of numerous exhibitions at the national and international level of which some important ones are ‘Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art’, National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea,curated by Akiko Miki, The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today – The Saatchi Gallery, London, ‘Cultural Hijack’, curated by Benjamin Parry and Peter McCaughey, Architecture Association, London. He was the Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Performing Art and also one of the founding faculty members of the department. He was also the Advisor of Art1st Foundation and a mentor for its various art education programmes.