Daniel Arango (b. 1982 Colombia)

For nine years now, Arango has been traveling around the world with his nomadic studio; making artwork shaped by the places he’s been, and the people he’s met. Since he was a child Arango has never felt completely at home anywhere. He’s always had the urge to move around. Perhaps this yearning can be traced to his earliest memories: of being kidnapped by his grandparents at age three, and spirited away from Colombia to Miami where he was raised.

The vibrant colors of the Carnival de Barranquilla and the tropical birds from his brief childhood on the Caribbean coast left an indelible mark. As a teenager in Miami living near the water, those similar colors, rhythms and cultures became connected  with sexual energy. Arango’s intricately layered canvases combine digital printing and hand painting. They narrativize his encounters with nature, people, and environments, and blend history and contemporary culture.

Arango received a MFA degree in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Miami Series

Miami to Arango is both a youthful paradise and religious awakening. The Miami Series is a sensual glimpse into Arango’s ritual thirty-mile bike rides along the Florida coast. The colors of the Atlantic Ocean, ever changing skies, birds, and the native sea grape trees inspire works such as Us. The Miami Series also indexes Arango’s attempt to grapple with his Catholic upbringing. In Christianity, paradise is a place of extraordinary happiness, fulfillment, and delight; Arango’s vibrant colors simultaneously exaggerate and irredeemably disrupt the pastoral imagery associated with paradise. The painting represents his own tropical Last Supper.