Born in 1956, Shakya learned traditional painting from Siddhi Muni Shakya (1979 – 1982). He specialized in mineral color mixing and mudras of different deities. He has worked as Illustrator as well as logo designer. He is also a Lecturer at Lalitkala Campus.
Besides painting he is active in social work and volunteering. He is the President of Voice of Children (VOC), Lalitpur, a non-government organization working and advocating for street and sexually abused children of Nepal. The organization was established in 2000, and has been working with the goal of improving their living conditions, and legal rights. He is also Program Director of Child Protection Center and Service (CPCS), Lalitpur. CPCS works in rehabilitation of street children to reintegrate these children back into society.