Tom Hart was born in Kingston, New York in 1969. He started his comics career in Seattle, producing numerous mini-comics, in a style much inspired by Finnish artist Tove Jansson - whimsical and poetic. With his comic 'Hutch Owen's Working Hard' Hart took another course, aiming for a more political and ambitious story. He self-published it in 1994 and it earned him a Xeric grant. He then began an association with the Canadian publisher Black Eye Productions, that released Hart's next titles, 'New Hat' (1995) and 'The Sands' (1998).
Hart returned to 'Hutch Owen' and published new stories in Top Shelf collection from 2000. Top Shelf released a third 'Hutch Owen' collection called 'Let's Get Furious' in March 2012. Hart also serialized 'Hutch Owen' as a webcomic, and in the Metro newspaper in New York in 2006-08. He was additionally the editor and contributor to serializer.net, creating the 'Hutch Owen' spin-off 'Trunktown' from scripts by Shaenon Garrity.
He furthermore made the 'Ali's House' comic strip with Marguerite Dabaie for King Features Syndicate in 2008. Tom Hart lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and he has worked as a teacher at New York's School of Visual Arts, Parsons, the Education Alliance, Young Audiences and other across the country and all over New York City.