Shahzia Sikander was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1969. She received her B.F.A. from the National College of Arts, Lahore and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. After participating in the CORE Program of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX, her work was included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Deitch Projects, New York, NY (1997), The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, IL (1998); The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (1998); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1999); Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY (2000). Group exhibitions include Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora at the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY; Pop Surrealism at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT (1999); Negotiating Small Truths at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, TX (1999); and The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2000). In 1997 she was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and is currently a finalist for the National Gallery of Canada’s Millenium Prize.
Shahzia Sikander reflects the complexities of cultural identity and gender in her work. Her drawings and site-specific installations experiment with the highly stylized and image-oriented genre of Indian and Persian miniature painting.