« In Daniel painting’s, vivid colours make his forms appear lit from within, potent and radiant. Unfamiliar landscapes undulate and move like living beings. Celestial bodies preside over human existence and interactions.
For Daniel, these images seek to convey that towards which he is always striving: an “awareness of being alive”. Inhabiting this awareness and observing the world from a place of solitude is a key figure in Daniel’s practice.
While his practice endeavours to convey an existential pulse by uncovering a common human essence, draws together further threads of his work, in particular the personal experience 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 being connected to the elements, to nature, to one’s own body. Daniel’s pictures visualise a return to the simple, primal fact of existing. » Rebecca Irvin.
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.