Portuguese artist Daniel Moreira is featured in today's Art on Etsy. Daniel was born in Switzerland, and now he lives and works in Porto. Early in my Etsy adventure I came across his work, and immediately loved it for its dreamy, delicate and imaginative quality, which is confirmed by Daniel's words
"I’m a quiet boy, easily distracted and disconnected from what’s around me. I’m a dreamer and like to create my own stories."
And here's another characteristic of Daniel's work, the power of creating a story you want to know more about, written with an elegant choice of colors.
WHEN DID YOU START BEING AN ARTIST?
When I finished my degree in architecture in 2000, I started a multidisciplinary path between architecture and fine arts.
WHO INFLUENCED YOU?
The list is really extensive I’m just going to share some of the names with which I really identify myself with: Michael Borremans, Steffi Lindner, Susanne Themlitz, Fernanda Gomes, Lucia Nogueira, Silvia Bachli, Julião Sarmento, Daniel Blaufuks, Paulo Nozolino and Robert Franck.
WHAT MAKES YOUR WORK SPECIAL?
My work is made by hand, almost always quick drawings with an expressive line and sober colours.
I think my work is very personal and reflects my personality, that’s why I create these introspective and mysterious characters.
When I hold my pencil and a white paper I never know what I’m going to draw, the characters emerge naturally as all the natural and geometric elements that many times are associated with those characters.
I don’t think in what I’m going to do or in what I’m doing… I’m guided by the movement of my hand.
Artwork by Daniel Moreira.
WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO WORK?
I work in my home studio. My workspace is very simple, organized and with a lot of natural light, although I work a lot at night. I like to keep everything in boxes and to keep on top of my desk only the necessary. Although I try to have my desk as clean as possible I’m surrounded by books, cameras, antiques that I collect and artwork from other artists and my own obviously.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SELL ON ETSY?
For a long time I worked only for me, it was a need until the moment when I thought that for my work to grow it had to be shown. I had to know how people would react to it.
A friend told me about Etsy, and I think it’s a great place for selling and to share my work with as many people from around the world.
“less is more”
REASON TO BUY ART
Because it makes us feel good!