Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Daniel decided to stay close to his roots and attend Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. There he received his BFA in Art Education and was teaching full time by the fall of 2001. After teaching at the prestigious Knox Boarding School, Daniel took a position in the public school system where he taught art to children of all ages. Though extremely rewarding, this was not his true calling. It was at this time Daniel decided to divert his attention from teaching art to creating art, and in the summer of 2005, he formed The Renaissance Workshop. Specializing in all things art, The Renaissance Workshop gave Daniel the opportunity to expand his horizons, creatively.
As demand for commissioned work increased, Daniel began developing his expressive style, implementing techniques that emphasized texture over realism. Though the work depicted realistic scenes, the effects produced an almost ethereal feeling. The imagery began to take a back seat to the memory of which the image represented.
Daniel Del Orfano’s work depicts life, not as it may be, but more as it is remembered- a snapshot, not of a particular moment but of an overall memory.
Born 1956, on December 7th (in honor of Pearl Harbor Day)
– Graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, earned the Faculty Scholarship Award.
– Proudly served as an Army Ranger
– Biggest boast, my marriage to the love of my life!
– Biggest influence, simply listening in church-and suspecting that my wife whispers things to me while I’m sleeping -Artistic mission, to contribute in helping to make our world a better and more beautiful place.
– Artistic statement, art should lift the viewer (or listener) a bit higher than what is normally seen, (or heard). It has the ability to guide someone along to a place where things are always better. To point out,(for example,”There is more to the sky than meets the eye).
– My sweetest passion, sharing a good bottle of wine and dark chocolate with my wife, especially in Paris or New York!
– Biggest artistic influence, the musical writings of Lennon and McCartney.
– Top three favorite artists, Van Gogh, Rockwell, and Picasso.
– Has had works collected internationally.
“I grew up on a dairy farm working with animals and earth, growing crops and building fences, all while learning to nurture life and respect nature. This is where my life as an artist began. The lessons of balance and harmony that I learned on the farm are invaluable in expressing my feelings and experiences on canvas.
Bella Rotta is the name I use to describe my technique. It is Italian for Beautiful Broken. In my art, the cracks are real; it is not a “crackle finish” and I encourage people to touch and feel the work. Most people are drawn to the tactile nature of the paintings and I want to encourage that sense of touch.
In order to replicate the effect of extreme age and texture, I use a complex ten-step process that allows me to manipulate my work to give it the essence of having survived centuries. I start by making my own canvas. When the canvas has been properly prepared, I am ready to paint using hand mixed oil paint.
Oils evoke a depth of richness in the color, and when carefully overlaid, will convey a mood in the art. My layering of color builds an effect unlike newly created art. I am sharing the deep emotion of the rich heritage I feel while working.
Throughout the whole painting process I use my hands to gently age the new image. Finally, I adhere the painting to a self-constructed wooden frame. I will continue adding more oil paint either in very thin applications or with a bold palette knife as the moment takes me and the image becomes alive within me. I want the image to look like you discovered an ancient fresco somewhere, and found a way to bring it home.”
Born and raised on Long Island, he has been creating and studing art his entire life. Since graduating from Hofstra University in 2012, he has been pursuing his passion in as many forms as he can. His clients Include Howard Johnson Hotels, Saf-t-swim Swim School, CITY arts, and various private homes and businesses through Long Island.
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