Artist
Daniel Malta São Paulo, Brazil

Daniel’s work draws on a contemporary naive aesthetic reminiscent of the great Jean-Michel Basquiat. Inspired by street art and neo-expressionism, Daniel deliberately strives for a childlike quality in his figures and shapes. He sketches drafts of his paintings first on an iPad. “Then I go to the canvas or cardboard, a material that I like a lot,” Daniel says. “I love the texture it gives to the work.” Through the use of everyday materials including flattened cardboard boxes, barcodes from old labels, and masking tape, the work is given an assembled quality made popular by contemporary American artists in the 1960s.

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    About The Artist

    Daniel’s work draws on a contemporary naive aesthetic reminiscent of the great Jean-Michel Basquiat. Inspired by street art and neo-expressionism, Daniel deliberately strives for a childlike quality in his figures and shapes. He sketches drafts of his paintings first on an iPad. “Then I go to the canvas or cardboard, a material that I like a lot,” Daniel says. “I love the texture it gives to the work.” Through the use of everyday materials including flattened cardboard boxes, barcodes from old labels, and masking tape, the work is given an assembled quality made popular by contemporary American artists in the 1960s.

    Artist Statement

    Daniel's work consists of acrylic and pastel paintings, which are, in style, very much influenced by the neo-expressionism movement and street art. He also explores the digital world, using, mostly, photographs of his abstract paintings as a starting point for his digital and mixed media works. The beautiful nature of women acts as a core inspiration to Daniel, who includes strong, striking figures, with particular focus to their faces. Daniel loves to explore, with a degree of uncertainty. He visualizes an idea and uses a flow of movements in order to achieve the effect he’s looking for meaning he is never sure how it is going to end. This combined with a range of different colours and textures results in vibrant and intriguing end pieces.

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