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About Daniel Donato's inspiration


He is a self-portrait artist that takes on characters that questions identity and hierarchy. He is fascinated with the ordinary person that reexamines his surroundings, his elders, and his principles started to question social hierarchy. In 2015 he created his first body of work called The Birth of the Jester and continued with other themes ever since. In the last seven years, his research his been evolving into two main topics, bridging a Renaissance style with a contemporary voice, and the abuse of power within Catholicism. His process has always relied on the motivation by viewing Renaissance art history pictures and reading biographies of the Old Masters'. Coincidently, the act of researching the lifestyle during the Renaissance initiated his obsession with mimicking the authenticity of the Renaissance character. An in-process performance started being apart of his practice. Dressing and behaving like his subject and posing in front of a camera and letting his studio be apart of the photograph is his take on mashing his love for Renaissance art history and his contemporary studio.  Artists like Michelangelo Buonarotti, El Greco, Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffello Sanzio, Andrea del Verrocchio, Tintoretto, Titian, Daniele de Volterra, Pontormo, Sebastiano del Piombo are people in history that inspires him to create. He believes within the drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures there is more than a materially of a product but a memory of a spirituality that resonates within the lines of a Renaissance artwork. He especially enjoys viewing unfinished masterworks because it conveys a process of a rough start, that can be communicated in a contemporary conversation of the unfinished being finished. His current topic is the Friar, he uses this character to symbolize repentance and isolation as a reminder to serve God before all else. Along with this, his topics are guided by researching current Catholic political news with laymen issues in responding to terror in Catholicism, externally and internally.


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