Natvar Bhavsar was born in Gothava, Gujarat, on 7 April 1934. He studied and taught at the Seth C.N. School of Art in Ahmedabad from 1956 to 1959, as well as receiving a degree in English Literature from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, in 1960. Bhavsar moved to the United States in 1962 and, after receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, he settled in New York in 1965. He held his first solo exhibition at Kenmore Gallery, Philadelphia, in 1963, then held regular solo exhibitions at Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, from 1970 to 1978. He exhibited in Australia at Gallery A, Sydney, in 1970 and 1972. In 1979 a ten-year survey of his work, Color experiences, was organised at the Wichita Art Museum, Kansas and, in 1985, a retrospective of Twenty years of works on paper was held there. In 1981 he was included in the Fifth Triennale, New Delhi, India, and he exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, and Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay, in 1988. Bhavsar became a US citizen in 1996. He lives and works in New York, travelling to India regularly.