Shahzia Sikander received her BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Pakistani-born and internationally recognized, Sikander's pioneering practice takes Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure. She challenges the strict formal tropes of miniature painting as well as its medium-based restrictions by experimenting with scale and media. Such media include animation, video, mural, and collaboration with other artists. Her process-based work is concerned with examining the forces at stake in contested cultural and political histories. Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the Miniature Painting department in the Nineties at the National College of Arts in Lahore, inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad 1992; Pakistan Embassy, Washington DC 1992; Project Row Houses, Houston1996; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston 1996; Glassell at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston 1996 and 1997; The Drawing Center, New York 1997; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco 1997; Deitch Projects, New York 1998; The Renaissance Society, Chicago 1998; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City 1998-99; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC 1999; The Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York 2000; Art Pace, San Antonio 2001; Asia Society, New York 2001-02; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont 2002; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle 2003; Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York 2003; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco 2003-04; San Diego Art Museum, San Diego 2004; Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs 2004; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield 2004-05; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles 2005; Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York 2005; Miami Art Museum, Miami 2005-06; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia 2006; Valentina Bonomo, Roma, Italy 2006; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2007; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2007-08; IKON Gallery, Birmingham 2008; Daadgalerie, Berlin 2008; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York 2009; Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York 2009; Pilar Corrias Gallery, London 2009; Parasite, Hong Kong 2009; Valentina Bonomo, Roma, Italy 2010; San Francisco Art Institute 2010; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston 2011; Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York 2011; Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio 2012-13; Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, 2012; Douglas Library, Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 2012; Pilar Corrias Gallery, London 2013; Bildmuseet Umea University, Sweden 2014; Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Satatoga Springs, New York 2015; Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain 2015.

Significant Group Exhibitions

“A Selection of Contemporary Paintings from Pakistan,�Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California 1994; “An Intelligent Rebellion, Women Artists of Pakistan,�Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford, England 1996; “Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora,�Queens Museum of Art 1997; “Three Great Walls,�Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 1997; “On the Wall: Shahzia Sikander, William Kentridge, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen� Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri 1998; “On Liberating Tradition: Byron Kim, Yinka Shonibare and Shahzia Sikander� Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College 1998; “Global Vision: New Art from the 90s, Part II,�Deste Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, Athens1998; “Pop Surrealism,�Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut 1998; “I Love New York,�Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany 1998-99; “Cinco continentes y una ciudad: Salón internacional de pintura,�Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City 1998-99; “Negotiating Small Truths,�Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin1999; “The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000, Part II, 1950-2000,�Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 2000; �0� Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York 2000; “Art-Worlds in Dialogue,�Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany 1999-2000; “Greater New York,�P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, New York 2000; “Drawing on the Figure: Works on paper of the 1990s from the Manilow Collection,�Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 2000; “Projects 70,�Museum of Modern Art, New York 2000-01; “Expanding Tradition: Contemporary Works Influenced by Indian Miniatures,�Deutsche Back Lobby Gallery, New York 2001; “New Works: 01.1 Rivane Neuenschwander, Shahzia Sikander, Tony Villejo,�ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas 2001; “Threads of Vision: Toward a New Feminine Poetics,�Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio 2001; “Elusive Paradise: The Millennium Prize,�National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa 2001; “ARS 01, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art,�Helsinki 2001-02; “Urgent Painting,�Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris 2002; “Time/Frame� Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas 2002; “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions,�Museum of Modern Art, Queens, New York 2002; “AOP 2002: The 37th Art on Paper Exhibition,�Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina 2002-03; “Drawing the World: Masters to Hipsters,�Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2003; “Aliens in America: Others in the USA,�Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire 2003; “Beyond East and West,�Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 2004, exhibition traveled to Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2004 and Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 2004 and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts 2005; “Along the X-Axis: Video Art from India and Pakistan,�Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi 2004; “Anywhere but here� Seven artists Permanent Commissions for Barts 2004; “Through Master’s Eyes,�LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 2004; “The Print Show,�Exit Art, New York 2004; “Translation� Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2005; “Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now,�The Queens Museum of Art, Queens 2005; “New Work/New Acquisitions,�The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2005; “Drawing Narrative� College of Wooster Art Museum, Ohio 2005; “The Quiet in The Land,�National Museum, Luang Prabang, Laos 2006-07; “JaGGy-edge,�The Traveling Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2006; “Nuevos Misticos/New Mystics,�Instituto Cabrera Pinto, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain 2006; “Video Venice�at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Adelaide, Australia 2006; “Without Boundary: Seventeen ways of Looking,�Museum of Modern Art, New York 2006; “Domains of Wonder: Masterworks of Indian painting,�Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2006; “Fantasmagoria, Dibujo en movimiento�Fundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain 2007; “Not For Sale� P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City 2007; “Cosmologies,�James Cohen Gallery, New York 2007; “Timer: Intimità/Intimacy,�Triennale Bovisa, Milan 2007; “Take 2: Women Revisiting Art History� Mills College Art Museum, Oakland 2007; “Global Feminisms� Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Contemporary Art at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn 2007 and exhibition traveled to Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Wellesley 2007; “Hammer Contemporary Collection Part II� The Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles 2007; “In Wonderland� Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale 2007; “New Media/New Materials: Highlights in Contemporary Art from the Fabric Workshop Museum,�Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 2007; “Delicatessen,�University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton 2007-08; “Demons, Yarns & Tales� The Dairy, London 2008 and exhibition traveled to The Loft, Miami 2008; “Perverted by Theater,�Apexart, New York 2008; “The Big Bang,�Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy 2008; “Order. Desire. Light: An Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing,�Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2008; “Something About Mary� Gallery Met, New York 2009; “Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection� Museum of Modern Art, New York 2009 and exhibition traveled to the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencià, Spain 2010-11; “Significant and Insignificant Events,�Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey 2009; “A Decade of Contemporary American Printmaking: 1999-2009,�Tsinghua University and Today Art Museum, Beijing, China 2009; “Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam of Modernity� Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin 2009-10; “Moving Perspectives: Shahzia Sikander and Sun Xun,�Sackler Gallery, The Smithsonian, Washington DC 2009; “Its fine as long as you draw but don’t film,�Pilar Corrias Gallery, London 2009 “One Image May Hide Another: Arcimboldo-Dali-Raetz,�Galeries Nationals du Grand Palais, Paris 2009; “By Day, By Night, some (special) things a museum can do,�Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China 2010; “Video Art: Replay : Part 2: Everyday Imaginary,�Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Philadelphia, 2010; “Transformation� Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 2010; “Space, From MAXXI’s collections of art and architecture� MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome 2010-11; “Monumental ‘Miniatures� Large-scale Paintings from India,�Philadelphia Museum of Art 2010; “Power of Doubt,�Curated by Hou Hanru, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China 2011; “Patria o Libertad! On Patriotism, Immigration and Populism,�Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto 2011; “Future Pass: From Asia to the World, 54th Venice Biennale� Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, Italy 2011; “Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts,�Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 2011 and exhibition traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 2011-12 and Islamic Art Museum, Doha, Qatar 2012; “Women In- Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012,�Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka 2012; The Annual 2012, National Academy Museum, New York 2012; “The Collectors Show� Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 2013; "Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art," Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 2013; "Marking Language," Drawing Room, London, 2013; “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art� Museum of Art and Design, New York 2012-13 and exhibition is traveling to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach 2013, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University 2013-14, University of Michigan Museum of Art 2014, Nevada Museum of Art 2014, Honolulu Museum of Art 2015; "Echoes: Islamic Art & Contemporary Artists," Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 2013-2014; Dhaka Art Summit 2014; "Still Moves," ArtC Phoenix Market City, Chennai, 2014; Yebisu International Festival for Art and Architecture, Tokyo Metropolitan, 2014; "Infinite Challenge," National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2014; Perez Art Museum, Miami, 2014; "Past Traditions" curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt at Exhibit 320,New Delhi, 2014; "Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art" at the Hofstra University Museum, 2014; "Hare & Hound Press + artpace: the Art of Collaboration," at Artpace, 2015; "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s" curated by Alexandra Schwartz at Monclair Art Museum, New Jersey, 2015.

Selected Large Scale International Exhibitions and Biennials

The 13th Istanbul Biennial “Mom, Am I Barbarian?�curated by Fulya Erdemci, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013; The 5th Auckland Triennial, “If you were to live here� curated by Hou Hanru, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013; The Sharjah Biennal 11, “Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography� curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Sharjah, UAE, 2013; 2nd Mardin Biennial, “Double Take� curated by Paolo Colombo and Lora Sar?aslan, Mardin, Turkey, 2012; 2nd Animamix Biennial, “Visual Attract and Attack� curated by Victoria Lu, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan 2009-2010; The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan, 2009; ev+ a 2008, “Open / Invited Too Early for Vacation,�curated by Hou Hanru Limerick, Ireland, 2008; International Triennale of Contemporary Art, “Future Perfect,�Veletrzni Palace, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 2008; : “Timer: Intimità/Intimacy,�Triennale Bovisa, Milan, Italy 2007; The Taipei Biennial, Dirty Yoga, curated by Dan Cameron and Jun-Jieh Wang, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006; The 51st International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, “Always a little further� Curated by Rosa Martinez, Venice, Italy, 2005; 1st Edition of the Seville International Biennial of Contemporary Art, (BIACS 1) “The joy of my dreams� curated by Harald Szeemann, Charterhouse of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, Seville, Spain, 2004; 8th International Istanbul Biennial, “Poetic Justice� curated by Dan Cameron, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003; ARS 01, “Unfolding Perspectives� Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2001-02; Elusive Paradise: The Millennium Prize, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 2001; Greater New York, MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, New York, 2000; The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, (APT 3) “Beyond the Future� curated by Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 1999-2000; Cinco Continentes y una Ciudad (Five Continents and a City), section curated by Yu Yeon Kim, international painting-exhibition in Mexico-City, 1998-99; “Global Vision: New Art from the 90s, Part II,�Deste Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, Athens,1998-99; 7th Bienal Internacional de Escultura E Desenho das Caldas de Rainha Bienal, Portugal, 1997; “The Whitney Biennial Exhibition,�curated by Lisa Phillips Louise Neri, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1997.

Public Collections

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Diego Art Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Kadist Art Foundation, the Pinault Collection, the Devi Art Foundation, Deutsche Bank Germany, Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery, Detroit Institute of Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Deste Foundation, The UCLA Hammer Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, the RISD Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanea Rome, Princeton University Art Museum, Newark Museum, Bradford City Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Linda Pace Foundation, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art Austin, Fukuoka Art Museum, the Birmingham Museum, the Burger Collection Hong Kong, MAXXI Museum Rome, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Sikander has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the Asia Society Award for Significant Contribution to Contemporary Art (2015); Art Prize in Time-Based Art from Grand Rapids Museum (2014), the Inaugural Medal of Art by the US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton (2012), John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Achievement ‘Genius�award, (2006-2011); SCMP Art Futures Award, Hong Kong International Art Fair (2010), Academician of the National Academy Museum (2010), The Inaugural Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Arts Fellowship, Italy (2009), The DAAD, (Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Berlin (2007-08), Performing and Visual Arts Achiever of the Year Award presented by the South Asian Excellence Awards, New York City (2008), Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, the National Pride of Honor by the Pakistani Government (2005), Jenifer Howard Coleman Award, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles (2005), Commendation Award, Mayor’s Office, City of New York (2003), South Asian Women’s Creative Collective Achievement Award (1999), the Joan Mitchell Award (1998-99), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997), The Core Fellowship Award, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (1995-97), Graduate Fellowship Award, Rhode Island School of Design (1993-95), Shakir Ali Award-Highest Award of Merit, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (1992) and the Haji Sharif Award-Excellence in Miniature Painting, Lahore, Pakistan (1992)
In 2004, Newsweek listed Sikander as one of the most important South Asians transforming the American cultural landscape. In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader. In 2010, Sikander was elected a National Academician by the National Academy in New York City. Sikander is currently serving on the Master Jury 2013 for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and has also served on the artist advisory team for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Art21, the non-profit organization that produces Art in the Twenty-First Century documentaries.

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