Sheela Sharma was born in Gorakhpur (U.P.) on 15 July 1968. She met with a train accident at the tender age of four and lost both of her arms in the mishap. Sheela was sent to a local primary school where she proved to be an excellent student and developed the faculty of holding articles with her mouth and feet which, in normal circumstances, would have found their place between her thumb and finger. Sheela was fond of making photographs, drawing sketches of people and natural scenes right from her childhood.
She used to make geometrical diagrams, biological drawings of frogs, birds and more for her friends and even teachers, besides preparing her own practical file. After having completed her school education, Sheela successfully completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. During her school days, she participated in many art competitions where she was never a disappointed participant. Sheela has been a member of MFPA since 1999 and has conducted several solo exhibitions including the one at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.