About Christian Burke
Christian Burke is the Lead Data Scientist for Refik Anadol Studio in Los Angeles, CA. RAS integrates data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to create immersive public art installations. In his role at the studio, Christian heads a multidisciplinary team of experts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science.
Christian began working in data aggregation when he was still in college, earning a B.S. in Computer Science. In his first project for Refik in 2018, he collected data for training neural networks and amassed the largest dataset ever used for art at the time. To date, Burke has collected over three billion images (or as Refik likes to call them, “collective memories”) from public sources to use in AI-generated art. Using data to explore and push the boundaries of digital creativity, Christian uses complex machine learning algorithms to create multi-sensory living art.
While at RAS, Burke has directed several fundraising campaigns, raising over seven million dollars for charities such as St. Jude’s, UNICEF, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation through the sale of Refik’s art.
Christian considers Anadol to be a close friend and mentor, from whom he has received a wealth of knowledge over the years, including his focus on genuine, well-intentioned, original work. When Christian isn’t working at the studio or traveling the world installing artwork, he enjoys hiking, playing poker and chess, and meeting up with friends near his home in Los Angeles.
A favorite quote of Christian’s is: "Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is an option, fear is not." – Robert Kiyosaki