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Castan Daniel | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Castan Daniel | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Castan Daniel

My perspective is one of a distance runner who trains for many hours a day and obstinately move forward.
Daniel Castan has conserved his working discipline, a taste for urgent situations and a passion for megalopolises from his first career path as a graphic designer. It was during this time that Daniel travelled extensively in New York and Hong Kong and developed a fascination with the urban world and its larger-than-life perspectives, and now he recreates these graphic ambiances in his painting. A graduate in fine arts, he finally decided in his forties to satisfy his need to create. Not worrying about useless reflections, Daniel Castan maintains a relationship marked by physicality in his paintings. His perspective is one of a distance runner who trains for many hours a day and obstinately moves forward. Only colour and the material count for him and he effectively maintains a power relationship with the canvas: he never waits for an illusionary inspiration, his works are born out of work and perseverance.
As a creature of instincts, he chooses the tools that correspond with his personality: his knives slice through the bright and alkyd oil, with its rapid drying, leave no room for doubt. With his hands, the lights spring up out of the canvas, the perspective lines create shock between the blocks of colour and the details appear, sculpted in the thickness of the material. Fascinated by cities such as New York and Hong Kong, he first works from his own photographs, but progressively abandons these shots. His memories, emotions felt in the chaos of the city, are so embedded in him that they become their own language, which pays no attention to geographic references and realities.
  • 2016
    Personal exhibition
    Zantman Gallery in California, United States of America (the)
  • 2011
    Official valuation of the Akoun guide
    Montmorency, France
  • 2007
    Prize for all techniques
    Grand Salon of Sully-sur-Loire, France
  • 1969
    Birth
    Saint-Méard-de-Gurçon, France

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