For Sharma, the opposing worlds of art and science provide a creative friction that generates artistic expression and practical change. Art is not bound by the confines of science, and yet, science is where real world possibilities, knowledge and solutions are born. Sharma’s art, then, is created through an intimate interplay of both worlds. Ideas born in the lab can be expanded on canvas in the hopes that ultimately those expansions will be returned to nature, the world of science. Art is where dreaming happens. Science is where dreams are tested and applied.
At the young age of 12, Sharma was selected to exhibit at The Artist Project, a well-regarded contemporary art fair in Canada, despite the fact that the fair’s fine print dissuaded anyone under 18 from applying. Sharma went on to become a nationwide sensation as the youngest artist to ever exhibit there. Now, as an award-winning researcher and STEM major at Queen’s University, his time in the lab serves as inspiration for his art. He also hosts the first artist-run Snapchat channel and uses the platform to educate and rally folks all over the world around climate change. His story has also been told in a number of documentaries including those by CBC Arts, Shopify Studios, and the RTDNA-award winning, “The Next Picasso,” produced by CTV.
Sharma has been called one of Canada’s most talented young artists by Nuvo magazine, one of Toronto’s best artists by Toronto Life and one of 5 youth worldwide who are affecting social change (along with Greta Thunberg and Mala Yousafzai). His work is being acquired by collectors in NYC, LA, London and Dubai.
Sharma’s artistic process centers around altruism. During Covid-19, his non-profit Covart gathered the work of artists all over the world to be auctioned off, providing over 140,000 meals for Kenyan children whose education was affected by pandemic-related food insecurity.