Hema Upadhyay was born in 1972, Baroda, India. Through her work, Hema has consistently dealt with universal experiences of migration and displacement from a personal and individual perspective. Through her mixed media works on paper she incorporates her own photographs to communicate her ideas of migration having moved to Bombay in 1998. They speak of a sense of alienation and loss and at the same time a feeling of awe and excitement one usually feels when in a new place. In the same year Hema had her first international group show in Sydney, Australia.