I was born and raised in Bronx New York and started drawing from the age of 5 with pencil and crayons, slowly graduating from one medium to another until finding a love for mixing acrylic paint with airbrush and traditional brush on assorted surfaces. When selecting the next black and white photo realistic painting to hit my canvas I choose images of familiarity using multiple photographic references to recreate there true life essence and emotion with identifiable characteristics which I then transfer to a clay board or aluminum panel. To create my paintings I use a process of application and removal of acrylic paint with an Airbrush and traditional brush, balancing layers of black while removing paint with an eraser, razor and other abrasive materials to highlight and texturize my subject with the white of the surface I'm painting on. I do this continuously until all tonal values are balanced to my liking. My images are painted using only the color black with a splash of color no white paint is used it's the absence of color that provides the white. I call my technique, The Art of Removal.
Local New York award winning artist Dan Menta, featuring art with an intention to heal has on display and created many pieces to do just that. Knowing that the interpretation of art is in the eye of the beholder, Dan creates black and white photo realistic images with a splash of color that connect us with people and things from our past; this is where his true passion exists. Dan specializes in photo realism creating works of art that could be found on canvas, clay board, aluminum, wall and vehicle murals. In addition his collections of colorful koi fish are sure to transform everyday into a peaceful escape.
I can't think of any other special place to put my artwork than into the hands of a son who lost his dad without ever hearing his approval or on the walls of a children's hospital evoking inspiration and healing for the children their families and the staff- Dan Menta
Mission Statement: To create global works of art with the intention to inspire heal and evoke peace.
2009 Biennial of Contemporary Art
Diploma of Excellence Honorable award
2010 International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition
Second Place-Judges Award and best of Category
For my Canvas Painting Coming Up Short
2012 International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition
First Place Award & Best of Category
For my painting
'Chairman of the Board' Sinatra
2012 Artist Wanted Editorial Committee Chooses one of my paintings
Chairman of the Board Sinatra Copyright www.georgekalinsky.com
to be featured in their upcoming publication Art Takes Times Square A special coffee table book
Dan's art can be found on His web site www.danmentafineart.com
ArtBlend Gallery 2736 East Oakland Park Boulevard Fort Lauderdale Florida 33306
To reach Dan for Commissioned work or questions about his work call 917-681-5267