Dan Fionte is an artist and educator who lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Dan's primary mediums are two-dimensional and include drawing, painting, and photography, and genre and subject are often varied and expressed interchangeably across media. Some of Dan's recent and more well known work has explored how people become so familiar with the places in which they exist on a daily basis that they begin to move through life unseeing, and how we may overcome this through trying to open ourselves to observing finite detail in our environments as a form of meditation. Dan's architectural paintings and photography focus on roof lines, windows, chimneys, dormers and other architectural details like downspouts, exhausts, turbine vents, fire escapes, porches and decorative motifs. Dan's surreal works on paper use these non-objective realist "landscapes" as habitats for both real and fantastical beings that provide symbols and expressions that create a loose narrative which the viewer may complete using their own reactions, observations and rationalizations. Dan's interests are various, including cooking, reading, history, architecture, graphic novels, gaming, and going for drives around New England. These interests often play a key role in his art. He believes that people should make art rooted in the things they know and allow themselves to be inspired by the everyday things.
Dan received a Bachelors of Fine Art in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University in 2007, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching, concentrating in Fine Art Education with certification in grades 5-12 at Tufts University in 2009. There may be an MFA down the road, but all in good time.