Bijan Machen is an interdisciplinary fine artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his Master’s Degree in Fine Art from ArtCenter College of Design. Machen's work explores the potentialities of engaging fine art to cultivate important connections between humans, spaces, and physical objects. Bijan employs a wide range of materials and images to investigate themes of fine art history, music, sports, psychology, philosophy, social politics, and identity. His conceptually layered work juxtaposes cultural materials; high and low, historical and contemporary, tangible and spiritual.
A classically trained musician, Bijan 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. As a self-proclaimed “Painter of Abstract Music,” he composes vibrant house and techno music in an electrifying way that audibly reflects his robust abstract paintings and sculptural works.
A creative entrepreneur in every sense, Bijan is an artist well known for cultivating valuable connections between creatives, brands, educational institutions and local communities. His exciting multidisciplinary practice will have him teaching a class at The California African American Museum by day, and creative directing a music video for Jacques and Rich The Kid by night. Bijan is the Executive Director of The We Uplift The World Foundation for Creative Entrepreneurs. An extension of Bijan’s Social Art Practice, The WUTW Foundation has delivered art, business, and financial education workshops to hundreds of youth through The eARTh Project and continues to provide scholarships, internships, and jobs for young creatives every year. WUTW has partnered with companies like Apple, Health-Ade, LumaTouch and Shure, as well as many major art museums and galleries.
Bijan Machen’s mission is to use art, business, and technology to uplift and inspire the world more abundantly! He works to challenge all limiting beliefs and oppressive societal constructs, while promoting education, social justice, mental wellness, and global community. On the horizon, Bijan has new music and NFT art projects releasing, and The WUTW Foundation is launching a curriculum to teach blockchain technology to high school & college students.