Daniel M.

“I am a self-taught artist named Daniel M. I was born in 1975 and have drawn since I was young in years. When I was a child I lived in New York City. I had time to read and watch old movies and TV shows. I express myself through sculpture, painting, drawing, film, and writing. We all have struggles in life – mine is to create, to be accepted. I feel we live in a world that is anti-art and anti-culture. I would like people to be aware of another world and reality – an afterworld that we can’t explain and that we are joined together after the passing of life. I am inspired by human courage, stories of good versus of evil, the best of humanity, and classic movies and TV shows.

I like to draw natural scenes, famous creatures, things from fantasy and family and people I have known. I am inspired by the art of Thomas Nast, Arthur Rackham and Gustav Dore. I work with acrylic paints, china markers, markers, colored pencils and pastels. I enjoy expressing melancholy, eeriness, the unexplainable, and invisibility in my work. I have a healthy fascination with werewolves, vampires, demonology, ghosts, alien life and outer space, and the old stories of Europe and older America. I would like people to see the majesty of the creatures I create. I like to keep alive all of these mythical creatures and monsters of creation. Creating my work gives me the pleasure of the old movies and TV shows I enjoy watching. I use grand, huge, old-fashioned titles for my artwork which are reminiscent of old books and movies. I do this to take the viewer on a journey.”

Daniel was 1 of 3 selected to participate in our “Advancing the Artist” workshop series where artists learn to create the tools to promote themselves such as websites, resumes, portfolios, social media and more.

I believe that there are people who need to do art. All the great painters wanted to bring something into the world. It teaches you about the world and humanity. It’s a spiritual thing. It’s also a huge business and it’s important to the economy.

Exhibitions

2018
Access-ABILITY Pop Up
Morris Museum
2018
Annual Summer Exhibit
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
2015
Annual Summer Exhibit
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
2014
Access-ABILITY Pop Up
Morris Museum
2014
Annual Summer Exhibit
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
2014
Wae Group Show
Oheb Shalom
2014
Wae Group Show
SMI - Virginia Block Gallery
2013
Wae Group Show
Citi Community Cases, LIC, NY
2013
Qualms, Wake Up, Oddities
Pierro Gallery
2013
Annual Summer Exhibit
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
2011
Second Annual National Juried Show, Originals!
Arts Unbound
2010
Cafe Eclectic
Spring Opener Exhibit
2010
Enabled
Arts Guild New Jersey
2010
4
Gallery U
2009
Summer Exhibit
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC
2009
Open Doors 2009
Newark Arts Council
2009
Sing SOS
Digital Exhibit

Commissions

2014
Art for Mod Men Card Collection
JSDD’s Wae Center
2010
Art for Mixed Art Card Collection
JSDD’s Wae Center
2008
Art for Artist Showcase Card Collection
JSDD’s Wae Center

Honors

2011
Honorable Mention
Arts Unbound "Originals" Juried Show