Shaukat received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2004. She also holds another Bachelor’s degree from the Lahore College of Women. Attiya Shaukat’s creative practice draws heavily from personal tragedy. After suffering a horrific accident, Shaukat was left paralyzed from the waist down. She weaves her personal struggles into her art, using poignant images such as spines, vertebrae, and mechanical parts, to create a dichotomy between the past and present, the organic and the mechanic. Shaukat graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, the only college in the world offering a concentration in miniature painting. She, along with several other contemporary Pakistani artists, is reviving the age-old tradition of miniature painting by incorporating them into modern contexts. Apart from the size of the composition, miniature painting also refers to a working technique where fine brushes are used to painstakingly illustrate minute details.