Shahzia Sikander (b1969, Lahore) works in drawing, painting, animation, large-scale installation, performance and video, on an international stage.
She was traditionally taught the discipline of Indo-Persian miniature painting, where she studied at the National College of Arts Lahore, earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1991. Then she moved to the United States and attended the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, earning a Masters of Fine Arts in 1995.
Sikander has held many solo exhibitions throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong. She has had solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (1999–2000) and at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (1998). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum (1999–2000 and 1999), at the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia (1999), and at the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany (1999). She currently resides in New York City although her artistic practice continues to move easily between the borders and boundaries, out of which shifting identities and transnational artists are created.