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Daryl Myntia Daniels is a contemporary artist that combines figuration and abstraction through a process of performance, documentation, and mark making techniques. She investigates layers of the figure through painting, while drawing a connection between societal beauty standards and mental health across the African Diaspora. Inspired by patterns in nature and curl patterns of natural hair, Daniels uses various techniques to create her multilayered works, forming a dialogue around Black identity, energy, divinity, and spirituality.

Daniels was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She grew up as a competitive gymnast under her mother’s training. Understanding the body and movement has become a great influence to the gestures and marks within her paintings. She has been creating art since her early childhood and began commissioning portraits at her local hair salon. She received her BFA in Painting at Ohio University in 2013 and her MFA in Fine Arts in 2016 from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been shown in places like the Kennedy Museum of Art, the Untitled Space, the Hole Gallery, and the Andrew Freedman Home. Daniels maintains her practice in the Bronx.

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