Mahen Perera trained in Multi-Disciplinary Design at the National Design Centre in Colombo before going on to pursue his BA in Fine Arts from the Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore in affiliation with the Open University U.K., where he was awarded a first class Honors and was the recipient of the prestigious Winston Oh travel award in 2007 which allowed him to undertake a month-long residency in Prague. His works have been exhibited in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Vietnam.

Mahen works mainly with found objects and material detritus that are often ignored, and seeks to analyze and challenge the conventional language used to talk about issues of identity and representation. The materials that he works with take on the traces of history, time and memory as a result of transformative physical manipulation, and he explores the vestigial spaces that are often left behind. His works are evocative of the concept of absence and sometime even suggestive of archeology in the way that he intimately explores and celebrates the residual.