Daniel grew up in Alabama with a Cuban mom and Irish-Italian father. The left-handed ten-year-old perfectionist started drawing one continuous line that never intersected. With hints of the obsessive compulsive, Daniel filled pages and pages with that one continuous line to pass the time, and it became his life-long pursuit: a meditation on the journey of a line.
After graduating from The University of Alabama cum laude in pre-medical biology and assisting in surgeries, Daniel shifted directions to use his creative talents. With no formal art training, he created the organized chaos of one continuous line into his own unique form and style. With a minimalist approach highlighted by meticulously surgical attention to detail, Daniel’s work ranges from elegant abstraction to portraits to anatomical illustrations. In his Hollywood art studio, Daniel has explored a range of media: acrylic, ink, watercolor, wire, and wood to name a few.
Daniel's art has been honored by the LA Times, LA Weekly, California Vibe Lux Magazine, Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation, and was featured in the Oct./Nov. issue of Traditional Home magazine as one of their chosen "Movers & Makers."
“I have no idea why I started drawing the line. It was a form of meditation so my mind could wander and I could get lost in a maze of my own creation. I liked making it perfect, yet chaotic at the same time. I’m learning that all we know in this world is that there is a beginning and ending to everything (emotions, relationships, days, etc), and everything in between can feel spontaneous, synchronistic, and funny. As I draw and paint the line, I try not to control it; if I see a pattern, I break it. If I find myself in the same spot again, I wiggle my way out, and move on with the line. Where will it go next? I don’t know. This is life as I’ve been experiencing it. Not knowing things is the most beautiful thing -- because then we can see hte miracles that await us.” - Daniel Dugan, Artist