Bio

Danny Minnick made his way from Seattle to the East Coast in the early 90’s and found himself on a skateboard in middle of Manhattan. Minnick was a natural athlete, artist, and actor, bringing all of these talents to his many creative endeavors. He skillfully transformed his talents as a skateboarder into a career and became known and respected within the industry. As a professional skateboarder, he was able to cross-pollinate his passions by skating as an actor in several films including Brotherly Love which he filmed, directed and edited, Balance in the World of Chaos, Fulfill the Dream, and several other relevant projects for Thrasher, 411, and Transworld videos. After a bad skating injury left him rendered to a long recovery, he began to channel his creative energy into paintings where he fell in love with the experience and serenity it gave him.

Danny’s first successful solo show, Break the Walls, at Boîte Noire Gallery in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, paved the way his expansion into the fine art world. His unique style of abstract expressionism is a veritable breeding ground for a clever cast of characters and hidden images that suddenly appear during his acrylic and oil work. His process is unusual, perhaps backwards, as if the painting itself is alive, moving his hand to breathe life into the magical cast of characters he picked up along the way, all simultaneously manifesting on the canvas and vying for a spot in art history. His style of painting is often compared to Basquiat, while his characters themselves often bring a heartfelt connection to Keith Haring’s work, a perfect blend of Haring’s humor with Minnick’s whimsical style and sensibility. More than that, Minnick’s ability to hone in on an emotion, stranded in an active moment of time, is what really stands out in this body of work.

While his street characters are accessible by many, his work on the canvas continues to excite and inspire even the most highbrow of collectors. Some of which include Nick Cassevettes, Cash Warren and Jessica Alba, Michael Citrone, and Gus Van Sant, LeBron James, and Jaime Hince. Of late, he has donated work to many reputable charities including LIFT, Art of Elysium, and Eastwood Ranch Foundation’s annual art charity. Danny’s live work was recently featured at Hamptons Art Market, and his murals in Tulum Mexico, South Hampton, La Jolla San Diego and Los Angeles, Sag Harbor and have gained worldwide attention.