daniel wagner



Daniel was born in 1955 in a small town in northeastern Wisconsin. He remembers always having an interest in  the arts and being drawn to the paintings of the contemporary masters. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota receiving a degree in Architecture. Daniel worked in as an Architect for over 25 years, for many of those years he focused on commercial projects creating many major architectural works that dot the skylines of London, Shanghai, Barcelona and Chicago. In 2000 Daniel retired from being an Architect so that he could devote himself full time to painting. In the first couple of years he did several groups shows in the Chicago area then many solo shows.

In 2012 Daniel came to Provincetown on a part time basis, at which point he immersed himself in painting, he later saw this as part a journey to better understand art and the artist within. In 2016 he moved to Provincetown and became a fulltime member of the local art community.

In spite all of his training in Art and Architecture Daniel considers himself to be a self-taught artist. His first love and greatest early focus was in Abstraction, when he first started to paint fulltime his works tended towards the architectural, eventually he started to depart from the limitations of lineal and geometric forms. Eventually he discovered the human form as a subject matter. He came to see the human form as a hierarchy of structures starting his works with a gesture, then a series of gestures. Eventually Daniel started to reintroduce the geometric but with inferred shapes and forms.

“I like to start a painting with a field of human gestures, then I go back in and exploit the more pronounced shapes in the human form. From here I am on that fine line between abstraction and realism. The shapes and forms I emphasize start to add patterns and direction to the painting. It is here that abstraction takes over and the original gestures of the human form take on a new language”.

       Daniel Wagner