Who are you, Daniel?
I am an artist who works at the intersection of art and technology. I hold an MFA from Pratt Institute and am currently an associate professor in the School of Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
What medium do you work on?
I create both traditional paintings and drawings as well as digital images, animations and electronic music.
What kind of ‘raw material’ does inspire you?
While at Pratt, I took a graduate seminar with the sculptor, Gillian Jagger. At the beginning of the semester, she assigned students in the class to do a slide presentation of our work (yes,that’s right, slides!) During the presentation we were supposed to talk about how our work related to our childhood. Initially, I thought the assignment was silly. Even back then, 25 years ago, I was creating completely abstract work. How could that possibly be related to my childhood? I eventually realized that the images I was creating related to the industrial landscape of northwestern Indiana where I grew up. I was never interested in representational depictions of the oil refineries and steel mills from that area but there is an undeniable connection to the savage, gritty geometry I saw there. Of course, the style of my work has evolved over the years, but certainly the seed for this visual language lies within these memories.
What are your goals?
My goals as an artist are rarely to address notions of beauty, but rather, I aim to create an engaging visual experience. I know that people can sometimes be intimidated by abstraction, fearing they are not understanding the point. Of course, there are many levels of meaning, but the analogy I make when discussing my work with people who aren’t familiar with the history of abstract painting is listening to instrumental music. At the most basic level, we enjoy music as sound, the layering of the instrumentation, the textures, rhythms, melodies, etc. Why can’t we enjoy painting in the same way? If you connect with a painting visually, your interpretation is just as valid as the artist’s intention. I want to create work that has a strong graphic impact that rewards repeated viewings by revealing the subtle nuances of the paint handling.
Remaining open to opportunities and influences. I am interested in both the history of art and design. I love the history of abstraction but am just as interested in Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Assyrian stone carved reliefs and everything in between. The systems I have developed to create my work, have a degree of controlled randomness built in. I love when something unexpected happens that I connect with visually.
Your final statement
Thank you for this opportunity to talk about my work and thank you to everyone reading this!
Daniel DeLuna ★ Artist resume
I am an abstract painter and digital artist. I received an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2005, I have taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the School of Design where I hold the rank of associate professor.
Thank you, Daniel.