Shahzia Sikander is a MacArthur prize-winning Pakistani-American visual artist working across a variety of mediums, including painting, animation, sculpture, mosaic and installation. She is widely celebrated for pioneering a contemporary interest in Central and South-Asian manuscript painting traditions and launching the form known today as neo-miniature. Sikander’s work since the mid-1990s has been pivotal in showcasing art of the South-Asian diaspora as a contemporary American tradition. Focusing on colonial and imperial archives, trade, empire and migration, Sikander’s practice takes a feminist perspective to expand narrow definitions around gender, sexuality, racial narratives and colonial histories.
Sikander received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, has exhibited internationally and her work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She serves on the boards of Art21, RISD and IFA/NYU.