Daniel Arango (b.1982 Colombia) makes art while traveling the world. For the past eight years, and for the foreseeable future, his nomadic practice and portable studio have brought him to over forty countries. 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.

When Arango was three years old, his grandparents kidnapped him from Colombia and absconded to Miami, where Arango 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 laced with sexual energy.

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.