Art in Latin America is intimately connected with everyday life. Art is found in clothing, in the way fruits are displayed in the market, in the colors decorating homes and, in the music, played in the buses.
Daniel Egusquiza was born in Peru and migrated to the US when he was 19 years old. Over the years he has learned that art is also an act of courage. It reflects the resiliency and rebellious nature of the artist’s community. That is why many of his paintings depict Peruvian and Latinx motifs. He is also interested in the human figure and its relationship with its immediate environment with a focus on the nude and female figure.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art from Northern Illinois University but quickly understood that the role of an artist is to continue to practice for the rest of their lives. In order to intentionally produce and find homes for his paintings, last year he created an art brand, Artquiza. This brand is focused on creating opportunities for shows in cities in the US and around the world.
His 2020 body of work was titled “100 Bad Paintings” to remove the expectation of making good paintings during the pandemic. His title for 2021 is “Paper Fetish” as a reference to growing up in Peru when paper was a luxury, and he had to draw on old newspapers and phone books.
You can browse through and purchase his paintings at www.artquiza.com .