Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1969, Sikander received her BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a student at the National College of Arts, Sikander absorbed the visual histories of Indian and Persian miniature painting. Upon moving to the United States, Sikander began integrating personal and contemporary symbols outside of the realm of this traditional form. Outside of painting, drawing and making prints, she has worked in video, in which her more abstracted imagery spins in a centralized vortex space. Sikander has shown her work extensively in solo and group exhibitions, and biennials throughout North America, Europe and Pakistan. Her work is in the following collections: The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, NY ; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The UCLA Hammer Museum, LA, CA; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. She was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Joan Mitchell Award, and most recently, the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and lives and works in New York.