Sir Daniel Winn’s keen artistic eye, affable personality and strong work ethic served him well in bringing dozens of obscure and unknown artists to national and international prominence. Acting as agent and curator, he guided, influenced and collaborated with those artists to create collections which are widely recognized for their creativity, originality and quality. Winn curated museum and gallery exhibitions throughout North America and Asia, in cities including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
But those successes had a cost for Winn who was unable to devote time to creating his own artwork. He promised himself that he would return to it one day, eventually setting the age of 50 as the time at which he would do so. Thus in 2016, Winn returned to his canvas and brushes and began to create again in a style he termed “Existential Surrealism”.
Winn’s goal with “Existential Surrealism” is to explore the basic nature of human existence and examine the relationship between free-will and providence, between self-determination and the universal plan. The works are predominately figurative as they are inherently focused on the human experience, but also incorporate abstract and symbolic elements to communicate the universal divinity of creation. Winn draws upon his own life experiences — surreal in themselves, his ancestral culture and the contemporary influences of the culture and nation which he has called home since escaping war-torn Vietnam in 1975.
In December of 2018, Winn was knighted — an extraordinary honor from the Princely Family of Schaumburg-Lippe-Nachod of Germany in recognition of his philanthropic and artistic contributions to humanity. Also in 2018, The NEST Community Foundation in Hollywood awarded Winn the “Philanthropic Artist of the Year” — a prestigious award bestowed for philanthropic contributions to the betterment of society.
Sir Daniel K. Winn
Painter & Sculptor
Style: Existential Surrealism
Born – 1966