Chintan Upadhyay was born in Rajasthan. He did his B.F.A. (Painting) and M.F.A. (Painting) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. He has held many solo shows including one at Brisbane, Australia.
Upadhyay created "eerie images," intended to "hammer an established aesthetics". Effectively, his paintings are themselves "critiques of painterly, established norms." He regularly leaves parts of his canvases unfinished, in order to indicate "my interest in present time." He explains that to him, an unfinished painting suggests the possibility that the artist may return to complete the piece, and thus creates a tension within the work. In each painting, he seeks to instil a sense of movement and possibility.
Currently, Upadhyay has begun working with collage, culling pornographic images from magazines and incorporating them into paintings. Additionally, he has created several soft-form, toy-like sculptures of multi-colored snakes. At heart, however, he identifies himself as a painter.
The artist lives & works in Mumbai.