Ambadas Khobragade was born in Akola, Maharashtra in 1922. His childhood was enriched by Gandhian values as he struggled between a subaltern origin and poverty. This clash of material and spiritual needs made him strive for a higher meaning in life which is evident in his art. He completed his diploma in fine arts from Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai. He moved to Madras and met other artists like J Swaminathan, Rajesh Mehra and Himmat Shah with whom he formed Group 1890 in 1962.