Born in New York and raised in California, Daniel Anselmi has also lived in Hawaii and Massachusetts; currently and for the past 12 years he has resided in Maine.
Anselmi’s current work explores the use of found materials to create artwork that juxtaposes imagery and abstraction. With a deep affinity for the relationships between collage and paint, the artist uses paper and other materials to elicit “brushstrokes” on the canvas. The application of oil paint to canvas, when used as a standard transfer of medium to support or in conjunction with painted paper, burlap, cardboard, or other material, initiates a dialogue between surface materials, color, and alluded imagery. His assemblages represent three-dimensional versions of a painting or collage.
Overall, Daniel Anselmi strives to achieve concrete improvisations in his paintings, sculptures, and collages that offer carefully studied compositions of texture, form, line, and color.