Daniel Kathalynas was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on December 16, 1971. He received outstanding art awards since he was a child in juried scholastic exhibits in Scranton. Daniel began taking accelerated college art classes while still in high school and graduated from Keystone College for Fine Art in 1992. Living in New York City from 1992 - 2007, Kathalynas studied and exhibited his artwork and music throughout his time there.
Today, Kathalynas is the resident artist at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and a former resident artist of the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, VA. He teaches painting, guitar performance, and meditation throughout the Hampton Roads area in Virginia.
Kathalynas begins making art in a moving meditation. Primarily, he works with acrylic paint and frequently includes other materials such as glass, stones, sand and wood to forge a multi-dimensional view and a non-conscious symbolism which he calls “Emotional - Spirituals”.
Kathalynas inscribes his work, Pensiero Antico (Ancient Thought) with, “Beating through night the heart is engaged in a dream-space. The dream becomes a feeling and the feeling becomes a thought. How long was man in the dark? The Pueblo Native Americans would stay awake, waiting for the Fire Kachina before the dawn of time. Can we place our thought patterns back to the ancient ways? Is it possible to understand methods of primordial understanding with our high-tuned, high-strung neural pathways? Can we get off the medicines to find our true self?
"Going back to our feelings is the way back to a simpler moment. Not the convoluted thought of fiber-optic concentration but, the archaic, primeval heart. Today, we can beat through the night on wings of feeling that traverse the history of human time and space allowing us to become who we truly are.”
- Daniel Kathalynas
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