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D.E. Botha born 1992 in Pretoria, South Africa is a young and upcoming artist in this contemporary art age. Daniel started with his creative passion at the age of 16 where he studied the art of design at Waterkloof high school in Pretoria. Daniel is mostly inspired by the works of Walter Battiss and Bettie Cilliers Barnard (both South African artists) as well as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and of course Salvador Dali. Symbolism plays a big part of his creations and depictions, as Daniel believes that a deeper meaning exists within all objects. Much like the work of Dali, Daniel’s art simply stretches beyond the boundary of paper and into the imagination of the viewers. Daniel achieved a BA degree in Visual communication at The Open window college and was awarded 2nd best student of the year, 2013. He also spent years perfecting the digital art medium which he now uses to portray his art on Silkscreen format, the almost lost art form. A younger Daniel spent the majority of his time on photography, for which he received numerous awards. He started on first 3D Animation commissions while he was still studying, for the various well-known companies. Daniel’s grandmother, Christa Botha is a well-established South African artist consequently he grew up in a house full of art and inspiration. These days Daniel can be found creating his ‘Limited 50’ series of silk screen-prints. Daniel states that everything around us has a deeper meaning or symbolism of some sort and that all people are creators in their own way. For him, it’s expressing himself through his art by which he would like to explain his philosophy of life. Daniel uses a lot of meaning and symbolism in his work and this leads to everyone studying his work to see something different. He has an interesting work technique, which he explains as “taking away all the “clutter” in a scene and leaving the art piece with the raw idea in context”. For example, when Daniel depicts a tree, he would take away the leaves, sky, ground, roots and even the stem but only leave a seed in the middle of the page. To him, that is the tree, but to the viewer its an idea of any type of tree. Daniel’s main focus is to make the viewer feel an emotion, whether that be feeling good, bad, happy or sad it does not matter to him. What matters is the fact that Daniel’s art evoked an emotion of some sort within someone’s mind, leaving them to explore the idea, thus making the artwork spread beyond the boundaries of the page and leave the viewer with a euphoric experience. As Daniel would say ” Your dreams are my reality ”
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