Daniel Jason Valadez was born in Santa Clara, California in 1983. He was raised in Visalia, California for ten years in low-income apartments with his sister and mother. He grew up on welfare and food stamps all while coloring and drawing comic book heroes and Looney Tunes. His mother moved him and his sister back to the Bay Area for better opportunities and to be closer to family in 1993.
It was while attending West Valley Jr. community college that Daniel came to realize that his unwavering love and passion for making art was no longer going to be a dream but a life worth pursuing, developing, and practicing. As a result, he moved to San Francisco in the spring of 2005 and began attending the Academy of Art University. Three grueling years later, he received a BFA in Illustration. In the years that followed his schooling, Daniel has continuously pursued a career in painting. Daniel currently resides in Benicia, California where he continues to show and sell his work all around the world.
My work is layered in process. It starts out with photographing my subject. When I see a potential subject I look for that vulnerability. I want to capture them in their your moment, in their environment. Whether they are thinking about a loved one, an argument they’ve had, or the grocery bill - I want to capture them at their most vulnerable state mentally. This plays a role in how they interact with your environment. That’s what I’m looking for, what I take home that’s what I study, and live with. And build a relationship with.
My work is a controlled, chaotic mesh teetering between the worlds of abstraction and realism. I build that up with paint, with study, and with love. I then tear it down, break it and find those subtle nuances. I will then lose it, lose the image, and lose all the work I had done. I will then try to find my way back.