Human & Otherwise

, 14 May 2010

Dan Witz‘s paintings are more than noticeable… the precision of his luminous nightscapes, ordi-extraordinary objects & portraits have made him deserve tremendous recognition (mainly) in the States.

When asked about his paintings, Witz explains:

“They’re friends of mine. When I was doing the painting I imagined I was the one calling (or texting). I love the idea of the observer’s presence actually  bringing illumination–an apt role for the painter (me) and the person looking at the painting (you).”


Witz was born in Chicago in 1957.  He studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture before graduating from Cooper Union School of Art in New York in 1980.  He has been a part of numerous solo and group exhibitions at DFN Gallery, including “New Night Paintings,” and “Innocence Found.”  Witz has also had several international exhibitions and has been a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  In addition, Witz’s work has been featured in publications such as Time, New York and Juxtapoz.

Dogs Diptych

Last year a monograph titled “Dan Witz. In plain View. 30 Years of Artworks, Illegal & Otherwise” was published by Gingko Press.

Dan is much more than just painting, he’s been in the NY scene for the past 30 years and although today we’re focusing ourselves on his night & figurative paintings he’s pretty much well known also in the street-art & urban environment.