I was born and raised in Bronx New York and have been 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 reference’s 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 textureize 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 life like images of legends or family with a splash of color that connect us with people 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, Bristol board, 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 person who lost someone very special to them 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.