Chicago born, Brooklyn based street artist, Dan Witz has had a career going on almost four decades. His earliest artistic feats on the streets of 1970s New York were founded on the belief that art was necessary, not only to challenge, but to change the dominant systems of society.
Witz takes influence from the Old Masters of the Renaissance period, chiaroscuro, and Baroque painting styles. His use of realism is applied to varying subject matters from creeping, caged-up hands to his delicate humming birds which can be found fluttering on the streets of New York. He is notorious for his photo-realistic “Mosh-Pit” paintings, which Witz gave permission to high-end fashion brand, Dior, to use as a recurring motif in the brand’s 2017 fall/winter collection.
“I’m an academic realist painter, but I’m living in the 21st century, so I’m not going to be painting Roman soldiers invading, or some gothic baroque composition…The highest aspiration of an academic realist painter are these big group figure paintings, and I’m using the hardcore scene as my subject.” – Dan Witz, 2016
His work has long been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Witz is also featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, as well as starring on the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine. In 2010, Gingko Press released ‘In Plain View’, a monograph documenting 30 years of Witz’s career in the studio and on the street.