Daniel’s painting, characterized by its vivid colors which illuminate forms from within, crystallize a dreamlike inner world: unfamiliar landscapes undulate across the canvas as if moved by a spiritual force, and celestial bodies are seen presiding over human life.
Through these images, the artist ultimately seeks an « awareness of being alive ». Inhabiting this awareness and observing the world from a place of solitude are two of the key actions that illustrate Daniel’s practice.
While his practice aims to convey the existential pulse that is common to all humans, it likewise threads through personal issues such as the exploration of homosexual male identity. In paintings that present the naked male body, Daniel connects viewers to his own vulnerability as a gay man. And yet, by portraying these bodies as exuberant, spiritually harmonious and abundantly alive, he is also envisaging a way of being that supersedes identity and finds joy and empowerment in the universal connection to nature, and to one’s own body. His pictures visualize a return to the simple, primal fact of existing.
His most recent exhibitions include: El camino más largo, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia, 2021. Soy hombre: duro poco y es enorme la noche, Fortnight Institute, Nueva York, 2020-2021 (individual). Male Nudes: a salon from 1800 to 2021, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, 2021.