Artist Statement

Artist Statement
Uriél Danā’s studio in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA. The painting in progress on the counterweighted wall easel is Zygote, by Uriél Danā, ©2017.

The first two decades of my art were inspired by the human connection to myth, universal archetypes and its own spirituality. This evolved into painting my generation’s connection with creativity. Specifically, San Francisco’s nouveau cirque culture. Theater, literature, aerobics, dance, poetry and above all, mystery are all incorporated into this movement.  After the California wildfires and the global lockdown forced by the Coronavirus, my focus started to move into humanity’s connection with nature..

For over three decades I have been known as a surrealist painter. At age nine I was taught the practice of Tibetan Dream Yoga as a way to control a sleeping disorder. Surrealism is defined as the mixture of two realities not normally found side by side. These two paths are intimately intertwined for me. This is how I have lived my entire life.

In the year 2000 I began to sign my paintings with my first initial and last name as it takes on a third, synergistic meaning. The Udana in tantric practice is the ascending energy current. It means, “to awaken”.  I cannot think of a greater gift for art to give.