About Daryl Myntia Daniels

Daryl Myntia Daniels is a contemporary artist investigating layers of the figure through painting, while drawing a connection between societal beauty standards and mental health across the African Diaspora. Inspired by patterns in nature and curl patterns of natural hair, Daniels uses various techniques to create her multilayered works, forming a dialogue around energy, divinity, and spirituality.

Daniels was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She grew up as a competitive gymnast under her mother’s training. Understanding the body and movement has become a great influence to the gestures and marks within her paintings. She has been creating art since her early childhood and began commissioning portraits at her local hair salon. She received her BFA in Painting at Ohio University in 2013 and her MFA in Fine Arts in 2016 from the School of Visual Arts. Daniels work has been shown in places like the Kennedy Art Museum, the Untitled Space, the Hole Gallery, and Andrew Freedman Home. In 2018 she illustrated and edited a children’s book My Flipping Yaya, recipient of the Pacific Book Review Star for excellent merit. Daniels maintains her studio practice in the Bronx, NY, is a member of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition, and a Teaching Artist at Dream Yard Project.