Daniel Samaniego: Artist, Educator and Supermodel on ART PEOPLE podcast
Congratulations to Las Vegas artist Justin Favela on his new podcast, ART PEOPLE, “the podcast about Art, people!” Excited to share this special episode on Settlers + Nomads!
In the sixth episode of the podcast series Justin visits Oakland-based artist and S + N contributor Daniel Samaniego’s studio where they discuss his recent labor intensive drawings that borrow beautiful-grotesque figurative imagery from modern horror cinema and classical film. He’s interested in metaphors of the Final Girl and transformation, the influence of the excess and beauty of horror on queer and drag culture, and thinks of these films as safe spaces where we can explore our "our monstrous human moments…” They also talk about Daniel’s experience as an artist in the Bay Area for the past nine years, favorite studio music and deliberate on the legacies of early idols Reba McEntire and Wynona Judd.
Justin Favela is a Las Vegas native working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and performance. His work draws from art history, popular culture and his Guatemalan/Mexican heritage. He has participated in exhibitions and been awarded artists residencies across the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Justin Favela is the 2018 recipient of the Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. He is the founding S + N Instagram curator, and you can follow him on instagram here.
Daniel Samaniego’s hyper-detailed drawing installations are a meditation on queer persona. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2007 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and an MFA in Painting in 2011 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Samaniego has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2014). He is a regular contributor on S + N, interviewing artists for THE FILE: studio visits, conversations and issues in new painting and drawing. Follow him on instagram here @danielsamaniego
All images courtesy Daniel Samaniego