Daniel Velasquez, a professional artist, and a muralist who uses art to create a dialogue with diverse environments and their inhabitants in order to create a sense of community and wonder to public spaces. He has a passion for nature, environmental design, health and community which he seeks to promote with his work.
He has made art his entire life, as his artistic career started at 16 when he started working with 5 Feet From The Moon, a metal and concrete artist studio in Santa Cruz California. He learned basic welding and metalworking skills, as well as large scale concrete casting. He worked with this studio on and off for six years as he began studying Ceramic sculpture at San Francisco State University. He fell in love with ceramics because the material is so ancient and so human, but he wanted to learn how to work with it on a larger scale. He then eventually met a potter named Mattie Leads who makes large scale pottery and incorporates it into the architecture of buildings. Working with Mattie helped me to increase the scale of my ceramics and has changed the way that he seeks to incorporate ceramics into the environment.
After graduating and pursuing his career as an artist, he began working a lot with graphic Design, CNC operated machines, 3D modeling programs, and other types of technological mediums.
He developed a studio process of working with technology so that it enhances tangible materials such as clay and the humanity of the media. He is always looking for opportunities to use more diverse mediums and create art that relates to the public on a deeper, more human level. In the past two years, he has been working as a full-time International muralist. This work has been rewarding because it has allowed him to contribute to diverse communities, and promote creative expression. Lately, he has been working with a Gallery and a few different interior designers to start creating living wall art to promote environmental consciousness and healing.