Claudia Bicen


Claudia is a self-taught British artist currently residing in San Francisco. After selling her first painting at London's Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers when she was seventeen, she went on to obtain a BA in Philosophy & Psychology from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Social Anthropology from University College London. Fascinated by the human condition, Claudia has worked with communities across the world in both mental health and therapeutic art settings.
Claudia's portraits have been selected for a number of prestigious international exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London and the Pastel Society of America in New York where she was awarded the Herman Margulies Award for Excellence. Claudia was recently selected to attend Project 387's artist residency in Mendocino where she produced a contemplative art project exploring the relationship between transience and wellbeing.
“I have met many people because of my artwork and feel privileged to be able to bear witness to the stories of both old friends and strangers. My encounters help me to understand how we both build and are built by the world around us; through the roles we perform, the narratives we imagine and, ultimately, the lives we choose to lead. Amongst these idiosyncrasies, a deep commonality is revealed that unites us all as human beings.”