Daniel Arango (b.1982 Colombia)

Daniel is an artist, architect, designer, and explorer. After he completed his MFA from RISD, Daniel embarked on a creative and spiritual journey. For the past eleven years Daniel has been traveling around the world with his nomadic studio, making art shaped by the places he’s explored and the people he’s met along the way. His artwork is filled with stories of his past, present, and future.

Since he was a child Daniel has never felt completely at home anywhere, always feeling the urge to move on. He attributes this urge to his earliest experience: of migrating from Colombia to Miami at age three, where he was raised. His memories of the vibrant colors of the Carnival de Barranquilla and the tropical birds from his brief childhood on the Caribbean left an indelible mark. As a teenager, living near the water in Miami, similar colors, rhythms and cultures were infused with sexual energy. Later on when Daniel moved to New York City for university that energy was magnified by the layers, structures and grids of city life. 

Daniel has traveled through more than sixty countries. He started with a three-year-long performance called the “Holy K movement.” In which Daniel made videos of his rituals with his Holy K cereal box. The name is a humorous critique of religion and Kellogg’s Special K cereal. Both are consumer products that advertise themselves as natural and healthy, but they’re both full of unhealthy ingredients. Daniel hitchhiked around New Zealand for six months while he camped out and painted the “Louvre Series.” He lived off-grid in the Maui jungle for six months creating the “Hawaiian Series.” He worked on the “Latin America Series” for a year as he made his way down from Mexico to Colombia.

With impeccable craftsmanship and an eye for the invisible, Daniel creates his own world in a unique format of painting, tufted painting, sculpture, architecture and film. His art is intricately layered with images of buildings, objects, bodies, digestion, plants, animals, gods, sexuality, and cereal.

Some of his canvases combine hand painting with yarn tufting and other canvases with digital printing, narrating his encounters with nature, people, and environments, and blending history with contemporary culture. Daniel builds temples, alters and confessionals among other sculptures.

Daniel is currently creating a series of sculptures inspired by Thai spirit houses and Classical Greek temples. Combing both architecture and rituals, he’s creating his own shrine like temples fitted with figurines, animal miniatures, and offerings of incense, food, and flowers. The sculptures are 3D printed in wood, marble and metal.

Daniel received an MFA degree in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (2010), a BFA in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts (2005) in New York City, and also studied a semester of interior architecture at Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid (2004). Daniel’s art practice is a combination of art, architecture and interior design. He’s worked in NYC and internationally for many years.


2008             Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA

                      Master of Fine Arts, Honors, Painting

2005             School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

                      Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design

2004             Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid, Spain

                      Interior Architecture studies



Installation at Faena for Art Basel Week, Miami Beach, USA, December 

What goes around comes to art, Herrick Gallery, London, UK, November


Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Misc. Press, MOCA, Los Angeles, USA, February


Exchange, Your Art, Your Space, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, May


Daniel Arango vs. Kevin Arnold: Faith as Model, Able Fine Art, New York, USA, December

The Blonde Salad Party, Le Bain, The Standard, New York, USA, September

The 21st Annual Summer Benefit, The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY, USA, July


Gallery Nights Season Finale 2013, SLS Hotel, Miami Beach, USA, November

“It’s All About The Kids” Benefiting St. Jude Children’s, JW Marriott, Miami, USA, October

Noches De Galerias, Katsuya By Stark at SLS Hotel, Miami Beach, USA, September

Storytellers and Mystics, Art Connects New York, Brooklyn, USA, May


Verge Art Fair,  Ess Callahan Projects Gallery, New York, USA, May

COME AND GET IT!, Hendershot Gallery, New York, USA, March


Petite-Mort- Recollections, forever & today, inc., New York, USA, September

Voyage Issue XXXX Magazine,  Big Screen Plaza, New York, USA, September

Cocktails At Sunset,  Hosted By Steven Klein, Bridgehampton, USA, July

ACRIA’s Unframed, 123 Third Avenue Penthouse, New York, USA, May

The ART OF LOVE, Milk Gallery, New York, USA, March


New Contemporaries, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, Providence, USA, July

Whatever Forever, Black Sheep Projects, Providence, USA, May

Graduate Thesis Show, RI Convention Center, Providence, USA, May


T-Shirt Collection for Art Basel,  The Webster, Miami, USA, December

crit 4, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown, USA, August


Graduate Painting, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, USA, September


GLAAD OutAuction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA, October

American Slide-All,  New York Studio Gallery, New York, USA, January


Eric are you there? Solo Exhibition, Ninth Studio, New York, USA,  October

Art.B.Q,  East River Bar, Brooklyn, USA, June


Senior Thesis Show,  National Arts Club, New York, USA, April


SVA Exhibition,  School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA February


SVA Exhibition,  School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA, January

Honors, Awards and Grants

2011          The Fountainhead Residency,  Miami, FL

2010          Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Nominee

2008          RISD Graduate Trustee Scholarship

2005          Best Thesis Winner

2003          First Place Winner for Herman Miller Competition

2001          Four Years Silas H. Rhodes Merit Chairman’s Scholarship