2000 University of Houston, MBA 2006 Glassell School of Art, MFAH - studied painting 2007 New York School of Visual Arts - residency installation/painting 2009 Texan French Alliance for the Arts - residency in Paris
2006 1st place emPower Art Contest George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas 2008 1st place Lawndale Art Center Summer 2008 Big Show 2008 1st place Texas French Alliance for the Arts, exhibit
Born on August 6, 1968, in the Gulf Coast town of Liberty, Texas, Daniel-Kayne’s artistic roots began in a family with a long history of ranchers and farmers in a hands-on environment where he was always creating, building or learning. His brother, cousins and he played out what was a Huckleberry Finn-like childhood along the Trinity River. They were explorers, scientists and hunters. ... Fishing, camping and climbing trees in the middle of dense woods and hiking the marshes around their Texas homes. It was here that he began to build special spaces or his “personal sanctuaries”, which would much later in lift appear in his art again. His step father, bother and he built their own two story wood home on the family land, and as he grew older, whether it was carpentry or other projects, Kayne’s fascination with the act of creating ignited an insatiable passion for what was to become his career as an artist.
In 2006 Daniel-Kayne moved to New York City to continue his studies and partake in an installation/painting residency at the New York School of Visual Arts. Prior to this, he studied painting at The Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. When he moved to New York, he focused on his art in a SoHo loft that he shared with a Korean Buddhist Monk, living in what was the Zen Center on Spring Street. The explorer in daniel-kayne has taken him to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and specifically to such places as Iran for a photo and video project.
Daniel-Kayne was honored twice in 2008, first as the first place winner of Lawndale Art Center’s Big Show, then by the Texas French Alliance for the Arts, as their 1st annual art exhibit & competition winner. It was after a trip to China in the Spring of 2009, that he began to become even more concerned and interested in understanding his position in the art industry. Seeing the capitalistic selling and promotion at the Hong Kong Art Fair and the millions of citizens in Hong Kong, Schengen, and Shanghai, impacted him greatly. He returned to New York questioning his use of materials and the theme to mass produce/sell which seemed to be so prevalent and desired in the commercial art industry. This lead him to take a sabbatical from the commercial art world in the Spring of 2010, so he could dedicate additional time to installation and performance pieces, but also to refocus his art career path.
Since 2010, Daniel-Kayne has been involved in performance, installation, and sculptural projects at Diverse Works art Space in Houston, ‘The Temple’, Deborah Colton Gallery, and The Orange Show, which is a landmark in the Texas art world.
The other passion post the China trip was to share with others and the public through non-profit art projects such as ‘A Day with Art’ for AIDS Foundation Houston’s Teen Leadership Forum. Daniel-Kayne founded in 2010 the art filled day as part of AFH’s 5 day annual retreat. Also starting in 2010 he began the groundwork in designing ‘Notre Soleil’, a hands on 46 meter circumference sculpture and Earth permanent public art work in Lyon, France which was focused on interacting and involving the children of Leon Berard Hospital/IHOP in Lyon as co-creators in ‘Notre Soleil’ as well as a multitude of French and Texas Artists and volunteers. “Notre Soleil” is a Texan French Alliance for the Arts project.
Current projects which involve a series of paintings, performance, installation, and sculpture involving the materials characteristics.