Darius Kian

Visual Artist

Darius Kian is a proud Queer Persian-Canadian artist on the stolen land of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. His practice explores the intersection of identity and culture while envisioning new approaches to politics that emerge from bodies living in the diaspora. Kian’s practice addresses themes of queerness and masculinity by problematizing the prevalent depictions of queerness and masculinity within art and raises questions about what bodies are perpetually erased from representation and the social implications that arise when these bodies are afforded the social grandeur of figurative painting.