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Meet Makan Negahban of MAKAN

Today we’d like to introduce you to Makan Negahban.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Makan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started off as a musician. I wrote, recorded, performed and toured a lot in my early twenties predominantly with my band Bür Gür. Throughout that, I’d draw and paint for fun but didn’t really take it too seriously as music was my biggest focus. But it was around late 2015 that I really started to feel confident in my skills and starting in 2016 I just went full bore with art. Since then I’ve been in a bunch of group shows, had 2 solo shows and I’m going to have another one in April, which I am manically making some new paintings for.

Has it been a smooth road?
There were a lot of struggles with music for sure. Logistically it is a very rough line of work and as we got older it got harder to maintain the necessary momentum that the musician lifestyle demands. Art agreed a bit more with my lifestyle as I am a bit of a homebody.

Currently what I’m struggling with is the postmortem of a 4-year relationship with somebody I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. Aside from the obvious struggles that accompany a breakup, I’ve had to re-assess my motivations for doing what I do. It is very easy to get up out of bed and work hard knowing that there are people depending on you and that you are a member for a unit and that you have to pull your own weight. So I’ve had to reexamine my relationship with my craft and find a new fuel source to sustain the work ethic it takes to churn out paintings.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Well I can’t speak much about the business but as far as what I’m most proud of and what sets me apart from other artists I’d say the following: I’m self-taught, I am proficient in all sorts of styles, and each time a have a new show I almost completely revamp my style and create completely new stuff. I’m proud of my ability to constantly throw myself into unknown territory and carve something that is both different and my own.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a major city in the world, and as is the case with most major cities there is a healthy art scene with a lot of energy and talent. I would certainly recommend starting out here if you are a young artist. As far as improvements go, I’m not sure. That sort of concern is beyond my purview; I tend to focus my evaluative energies inward for better or for worse.

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Image Credit:
Eric Roeum

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