Amit Desai was born in New York in 1977. Having spent most of his childhood growing up on a mango farm in India, Desai returned to New York for secondary education. He studied at Tufts University, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Goldsmiths College in London. Desai's artistic journey began following 9/11, when he spent 10 years on the road in America creating an 'imaginal' photo-documentary portrait of a lost world, blending traditions of the Western epic with that of Eastern metaphysical texts. During this time, Desai remained firmly outside the art establishment and did not exhibit his work publically. Following this journey of discovery, he left the United States. His conceptually driven practice continues to integrate Eastern thought with camera based works primarily concerned with perception and the mechanism of sight. Desai currently lives and works in Kakwada, India.