Daniel Massen, 82, an artist designer and teacher of painting, died of cancer Friday at Georgetown University Hospital.

A resident of Washington since 1967, he hd maintained a studio here for some years. Most of his earlier work consisted of landscapes and portraits, then he moved toward the abstract.

Mr. Massen was born in Bornholm, Denmark. He studied at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and painted in Spain, Germany and France. He came to this country in 1929 and lived in Chicago until 1962.

He taught painting techniques at the School of Design, founded as the New Bauhaus in Chicago, and at the Chicago Art Insitute.

He exhibited in numerous shows at the institute and elsewhere, including modern art galleries in Copenhagen.

In 1962, Mr. Massen went to Calcutta, India, where he worked as an artist for five years. He then came to Washington. In 1972, he was given a retrospectivve show at the Tayler Art School of Temple University in Philadelphia. His paintings hang in private collections in Washington, Chicago, Denver and California.

Mr. Massen also designed furniture and other objects. Before World War II, he worked in the Works Project Administration's craft project. He designed a parachute folding table and an officer's desk for field use, which were produced for the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Marion, of the home in Washington; a son; Martin, of Columbus, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Nationl Audubon Society in New York.