Daniel grew up in Russellville, Alabama, with a Cuban mom and Irish-Italian father. As a left-handed, perfectionist ten year-old, he started drawing one continuous line that never intersected. He believes it was in Mrs. Epperson's Fourth Grade Class. 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 cum laude in pre-med / biology and Spanish and assisting in surgeries, Daniel decided to shift professions and use his creative talents. He moved to Miami to get in touch with his Cuban roots, then to New York City to study acting. He worked as a professional actor in theater, television, and film, but was always creating on the side. With no formal fine art training, this self-taught creator developed his organized chaos into his own unique form and style. With a minimalist approach highlighted by meticulously surgical attention to detail, Daniel’s work ranges from portraits to anatomical illustrations to the abstract. Prolifically experimenting for the past several years with acrylic, ink, watercolor, wire, and wood, Daniel kept his creations to himself until February 2017 when he debuted four original works at Palm Springs Modernism Week. He has since created a high-end wallcovering line based on his art [Click DESIGN > WALLCOVERINGS].
Daniel's art and designs have been honored by the LA Times, LA Weekly, California Vibe Lux Magazine, Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation, Dallas Decorator’s Show House, HGTV’s House Hunters: Renovations, 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 one continuous line that never intersected. It was just 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 things (emotions, relationships, days, etc), and everything in between is spontaneous and synchronistic and ultimately 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 miracles can happen.” - Daniel Dugan, Artist