Daniel says “I am an artist who loves books. I enjoy sculpting and repurposing discarded books. My work has been acquired by many collectors from around the world and has been published in many different newspapers, magazines and books.
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Daniel Lai, a self-taught artist of Chinese descent from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was granted US citizenship through extraordinary ability in the field of fine art and arts management in 2014.
His educational background reflects a diversity of interests that influences his work. Daniel has a PhD in sociology (2015) from University of Tennessee, an MA in art history (2006) from Montclair State University, and a BA in linguistics (2003) from Montclair State University.
Daniel says, “My sculpture series is a three-dimensional journal that conveys snippets of my emotions and feelings toward life; and the themes of this series often touch upon knowledge and contemplation. I often write my experiences in a journal but find it inadequate to convey how I truly feel. As a result, I translate these paragraphs to a visual form that is three-dimensional, simplistic, and often relatable to many. I call these sculptures ‘three dimensional hieroglyphs of my experiences.’ Often, the true meaning of text and words are just beneath that thin layer of their lexical meaning. In other words, we live in a metaphorical world. Three-dimensional representation of my experience transcends the boundary of words.”
With Best in Show awards from multiple art festivals and exhibitions, Daniel’s work is coveted by collectors from around the world. He currently lives in Florida.