Daniel Arango (1982) is a Colombian-born, American-raised artist, who roams the world making art and looking for inspiration. Arango's family fled Colombia’s civil war when he was three, moving to Miami. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Training in both interior design and painting greatly influenced his art practice.
Previously based in New York City, he has been travelling around the globe with his nomadic studio since 2011. For his Hawaiian Series, he lived in the Maui jungle for four months, harvesting plants and absorbing the exotic environment. For Arango’s most recent series, he composed intricately layered digital drawings, exploring the relationship between his environment and history as well as contemporary culture. He gets inspiration from art objects, antiquities and some of the world’s great cultural institutions, namely The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre.
Arango creates images of depth and real beauty through a detailed process of digitally manipulating life drawings, printing them and applying paint to them, often painstakingly so that there is no trace of the drawing left. The impact of architectonics is integral to the finished work. He creates tight structures within his works to act as a point of departure from which to explore a looser rendering of line and form in the composition, and metaphorically, to liberate the self within a rigid homogenizing society.