Harish Saluja spent his formative years in India. His art tutelage was under the celebrated artist Kundan Lal Verma and later under Suman Sagar.

Although he obtained an engineering degree from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur, he soon moved to the USA to pursue the Arts.

He has been painting and showing his work for over 40 years. The late John Caldwell, Curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was one of his early supporters and a collector of his work.

Harish's work falls very much under the Abstract Expressionism discipline. He has exhibited in several countries including France, Germany, India and in the US.

Although he does several things (film producer, director, radio host, head of Silk Screen, an Arts and culture) organization, his main passion is painting. His Raga series paintings were well received by critics and collectors alike. "Raga" means both "color" and "sound." Saluja's sensitive taste in music has its roots in his mother's status as a singer of Indian classical music. "I see the melodic patterns as soft threads of light that the performers interweave into intricate rugs of music. I have tried to capture the same feelings, the same emotions, the abstract patterns which have no beginning, no end."

In the midst of his whirlwind of activity, painting is the eye of the storm for Harish Saluja. It is at the same time an escape from stress and a door to inspiration. Indeed, many find that at first glance, his work is something of an exciting puzzle. It combines a liberating wildness with a comforting element of stability. One can detect an ethereal level of expression that speaks to a deeper communion with something beyond the self, with a splash of color here, a dark, sweeping line there. "In painting, abstraction is the truth; the rest are steps. I find that it is the only way to express myself, to grow, to explore the universe, to try and reach for perfection."

In his Mandala Series, his latest set of paintings, he has started incorporating figurative and semi-abstract images with abstraction. The result is a sumptuous, almost erotic celebration of joy. Mandala is Sanskrit for circle, polygon, community, and connection. It is a symbol of man or woman in the world, a support for the meditating person. The Mandala is often illustrated as a palace with four gates, facing the four corners of the Earth. Before the meditating person arrives at the gates, he/she must, however, pass the four outer circles: the purifying fire of wisdom, the vajra circle, and the circle with the eight tombs and the lotus circle.

Saluja builds on this basic discipline and gives it an Abstract Expressionist flavor.