Danny At Work

I was born in Mexico city but spend most of my life in New York. I’m a self-taught artist who’s been inspired by the unlimited cultural richness of my country, I have always been drawn to art that keeps our traditions alive, and that is reflected in my sculptures. I work on large-scale pieces and very small as well, using paper mache, paper clay and ceramic.

My work is neo pre-hispanic, utilizing a wide range of objects, with paper the core material. My sculptures are an experimentation. Each one is unique and the process organic. Individual technique for a sculpture or mask is always different. My ultimate goal is to teach the viewer about history but also about contemporary issues of recycling, reuse and repurpose.

One of the traditions that inspires my work is The Day of the Dead celebration. I have always been amazed by the Altars and the whole festivity that we have to celebrate and remember our love ones and in a way, to never let them die, we invite them to come back with us every year by offering all the goodies that they loved when they were alive, and let them know that we haven’t forget about them an never will. Growing-up in Mexico city, this celebration was always my favorite, going to the market and smelling the seasonal flowers, the fruit and especially seeing skulls and skeletons dress up in a very festive way and looking very happy. When I decided to start sculpting, I was inclined to work with paper mache for many reasons; number one because it is a way of recycling and not hurting our environment, It is very appropriate material to make my sculptures, is strong, sturdy and durable, I love the process of turning such a rough material into something beautiful. A lot of my pieces are inspired specifically by the work of the great Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada who was a Political Print maker and cartoonist. Posada’s best-known works are his Calaveras, he is the creator of the Catrina, “skull of the female Dandy”. He used these Calaveras to satirize the life of the upper class and make a religious or satirical point. Part of my work represents also the Aztec culture, which is also very important to me for the meaning of a lot of their traditions and rituals, like having many different gods who where the creators of our nature and the way they used to thank them for all the good that they have bring to us.

During my career I have created installations for a diverse group locations and cultural events; from galleries, to theaters, schools, concerts, and parades. My last piece of art was a 13-foot tall sculpture of Coatlicue (the Aztec representation of mother earth) that was part in the People’s Climate March here in NYC on September 21st.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Hi Daniel, I would like to talk to you about an exhibition we are having at the New York Botanical Garden next year — Frida Kahlo’s Garden. Please email me a time when we might talk on the phone. Thank you! Barbara


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