Of Indian ethnicity, Bhaval was born in Kenya where she lived until 19. She has since lived in England, traveled extensively, and now resides in the United States. Through her own multicultural background, Bhaval knows that individuals relate powerfully to maps of places that are important to them. Bhaval also has a science education, influences of which can be seen in the clean lines and precise sharp edges of her designs. She enjoys using specific data, such as levels of elevation, within her artwork.