Shahzia Sikander was born in 1969 in Pakistan. She attended the National College of Arts in Lahore, where she studied miniature painting under a traditional master. Later, she attended the Rhode Island School of Design. She has lived in the United States for nearly ten years and currently lives in New York City.
Sikander makes prints to fit in-between her paintings and installations, often beginning with images that she has developed in other media. She develops the images further by drawing directly on the plates, working in a very detailed fashion, using traditional printmaking processes.