Bijan Machen is an interdisciplinary fine artist and educator. He earned his MFA at ArtCenter College of Design and maintains a thriving art & design practice in Los Angeles, California. Machen has exhibited at the California African American Museum and The Main Museum in L.A. and his work is collected internationally.
Machen's work explores the potentialities of engaging fine art to cultivate important connections between humans, spaces, and physical objects. He employs a wide range of materials and images to investigate themes of fine art history, music, philosophy, politics, and identity. A classically trained musician, Machen identifies music as a socially unifying force with the ability to transcend all prejudice and materiality, and incorporates these ideas into his fine art practice. His conceptually layered work manipulates cultural boundaries, between high and low, modern and atavistic, historical and contemporary.
Machen composes vibrant house and techno music in a compelling way that audibly reflects his robust abstract paintings and sculptural works. Machen is also a teaching artist with a dedicated social practice focused on uplifting communities through positive creative engagement. He works to challenge all limiting beliefs and oppressive societal constructs, while supporting education, social justice, mental wellness, and global community.