There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality”.

– Pablo Picasso.

“Daniel Burtea was born on July 13, 1962 in Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania. He wanted to begin studying art from a young age, but his parents did not allow him to do so. He did not give up his dream and continued to draw. This was his passion in life. He migrated to the United States in 1984, where he studied at Cypress College, ITT Technical and Biola University. It was not until he got married that he began painting. After many years of painting, he has had his artwork throughout various galleries in Southern California. He continues to do what he loves and will not stop as long as his humanly body allows him to”.

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For me art is not a hobby, it’s a passion. Art has always been a part of my life. I have been drawing and creating for as long as I can remember. To me art means freedom. I grew up in a communist country where no one had anything close to freedom. No one could express what they felt. I escaped through my art; I put all my feelings and emotions into it. Painting is a way to escape, when I paint I feel like I am in another world, nothing can bother me. When I paint I feel peace and a bad day can easily turn into a good one. Painting comes naturally to me; a brush is like an extension of my arm. I don’t need to think about what I want to create it just comes; my hand moves and images appear. I don’t usually paint landscapes or objects; I like to paint people, I paint them in my own way. My favorite style is abstract; I don’t paint things in their usual way I put my own twist on everything. I fill my art with bright colors that pop out of the canvas. Color is a way to express emotion and complete my paintings. I love to paint and create art. It liberates me and I can express what I feel through what I make. To me art is life.