"Daniel Martin creates his work by the deformation and recreation of matter. He casts his sculptural paintings by the mastery of chance and mistakes. His collage portraits breathe a universe of undiscovered human artifacts and transmutational structures."

Daniel (1982) lives and works in Leiden, the Netherlands. In his current work he searches for the transmutational properties of matter. The portraits and sculptures do not have a definite form and posses different realities on how they can be perceived. In order to come to new forms Daniel cuts up paintings, finds things on the street and uses creations made by others. The loose elements from these endeavours are used as disjointed brushstrokes that are reassembled in coherent shapes again, creating an object which holds no truth in shape.

His work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include, the national museum of revolution, Cuba; Duo Phillip Akkerman, Sis Josip Gallery, Den Haag; Havana Biënnale (collaboration with Karang (Karina Alonso); Forma prima, El pez soluble Gallery, Mexico; Bloom, Booth Gallery, New York.


Thinkspace x Paintguide, Los Angeles, US

The Self, Hector Trend, The Who gallery x The Ministry, London, UK

Open studio, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

FNCV Art Fair, Tequisquiapan, Mexico

Solo & Duo exhibitions

2019 (duo) The Self, The Who Gallery x The Ministry, Hector Trend, London, UK

2019 De oorsprong, Galerie Ritsart, Maassluis

2018 Forma prima, El pez soluble Gallery, Tequisquiapan, Mexico

2018 (duo) All you can art 3, Kunsthal, collaboration Johanna Franco Zapata, Rotterdam

2017 View from another angle, Culture Fund, Leiden

2015 (duo) Philip Akkerman, Koppen bij elkaar, Sis Josip Gallery, Den Haag

2014 I never lost you, Kunsthuizen, Leiden

2013 Enface, Gallery Klooster, Noordwijk

Group exhibitions & fairs


Sterren op het doek, Cobra museum, Amstelveen

RAW (Rome Art Week), Rome, Italy

Thinkspace x Paintguide, Los Angeles, US

FNCV Art Fair, Tequisquiapan, Mexico

Bacanal, Granada Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Habitus, Galerie Sille, Oudewater

Open studio, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

La Tarea Trece, Hercules, Queretaro, Mexico

Drieluik, Pieterskerk, Leiden

Prefacio, Granada gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fris, Ars Aemula Naturea, Leiden


Zebra one gallery, Identity, London,UK

Swab art fair, Granada gallery, Barcelona

Bloom, Booth Gallery, New York, US

Spoke art x Paintguide, San Francisco, US

AAF, kunsthuizen, Amsterdam

Micro art fair, Holland art house, Leiderdorp

Vigour, Den Gallery, Kuwait city, Kuwait

First art fair, Amsterdam

UNEAC Gallery, Matanzas, Cuba

National museum of revolution, Havana, Cuba


Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

Breaking boundaries, Kunsthuis, Amsterdam

Mijn schrift, LL Gallery, Leiden


Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam

Nouveau Theatre, LL Gallery, Leiden

Kunstroute, Haagweg 4, Leiden

Faces, van Schaik & van Schaik, Zeist


Arthunters x 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam

Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam

The new season, Gallery Sille, Oudewater

Kunstroute, Haagweg 4, Leiden

Face to Face, Firma van drie, Gouda

No Mans Art gallery, Call for artist, Rotterdam

What do we worship, Slangenpand, Amsterdam

Psycho, LL Gallery, Leiden


Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam

Kunstroute, Haagweg 4, Leiden

Affordable Art Fair, Maastricht

Scheltema, Birth of Joy, Leiden


AIR 9, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam

Kunstroute, Haagweg 4, Leiden

Museum Naturalis, Nacht van kunst en kennis, Leiden


El Pez Soluble, Mexico, 2018

RuArtPark, Cuba, 2017

Palazzo Monti , Italy, 2017


Femke van Leeuwen, drie kunstenaars, drie projecten, Online galerij, maart 2019

Giulia Gregnanin, new generation residencies, FLASH ART, februari 2018

Inside a 13th century Italian palazzo turned art residency, Another magazine, october 2017 Bianca Martinelli, Giornale di Brescia, october 2017

Donnia Ghezlane-Lala, Dark Portraits Paintings Losing Their Identity, Fubiz, may 2016

Benny Thopson, Empty Kingdom, january 2016

Anders Dyhr, Xamou-art, april 2015

Anthony Hagan, Disposal of human identity, Stylenochaser, july 2015

Pirita Litmanen, REVS magazine, october 2014

Red. Los magazine, november 2014

Emma Willekes, Online galerij, Kunstenaar van de maand, january 2013

Renzo Candido, Kleurmakers, february 2013

Red. LOS magazine, november 2013

Red. LEVEN, march 2013


Honourable mention, Combat art prize, 2017

Nomans art gallery call for artists winner, 2015

Shortlisted, Beers contemporary visions V, 2014

Artslant prize, Round 6 winner, 2014