Niku Kashef is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Los Angeles. She employs various media to explore ideas of home, place and biography through the lens of where the real meets the uncanny. Her process stems from collection and collaboration, investigating subjects of collective memory, dislocation, identity, the environment and motherhood.
Niku has exhibited at national and international venues, including the Monterey Museum of Art (Monterey, CA), The Museum of Arts & Crafts-ITAMI (Japan), Symbol Art Gallery (Hungary). She is active on numerous committees for the arts including the College Art Association's Services for Artists Committee, the Julius Shulman Institute, the Board of the National Women’s Caucus for Art and as a current Director and past-President of the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art. Niku has held artist talks and workshops at National and International institutions including the University of California, Santa Barbara; the Vermont Studio Center; the Yucun Museum of Art (China) and the Hungarian Multicultural Center (Hungary), the later two of which retain collections of her work. Most recently she has been a visiting Lecturer at the London College of Communications in the UK and Shandong Normal University in Jinan, China. With an MFA in Visual Communication she is a Lecturer of Art at California State University, Northridge and a Participating Adjunct at Woodbury University. Upcoming projects include studies and installations surrounding the LA freeway system and a series of photographic narratives in her new role as a parent.