“The Bronx is to Hauben what Giverny was to Monet.”

                    — Vivien Raynor, The New York Times

Artist Statement

I am a product of the urban environment.

As a child raised in New York, I was constantly confronted by the physical geometry of the city, with all its order and disorder. When I looked out my window I saw other buildings just like mine, buildings encased in even rows of bricks, punctuated by windows, doors and fire escapes, and fringed on top with the haphazard intersecting patterns of antennae and water towers. As the sun moved overhead, I watched the shadows and the bright areas shift, revealing new shapes of light and dark, new depths to the dimensions of buildings and train trestles. The city, for me, was full of wonder and mystery, planned yet chaotic.

This is the source of my aesthetic, and in all my work I seek to discover and maintain an underlying structural foundation. In my cityscapes I attempt to find some method to the urban ‘madness’, and in landscapes I try to capture the unifying pattern that is inherent in nature’s randomness.

A Landscape Painter

Born and raised in the Bronx, Daniel Hauben is acclaimed as the borough’s most versatile and prolific painter. Working in both oil paint and chalk pastel, he has spent 35 years capturing the life of the Bronx on canvas or paper, setting up his easel en plein air on street corners and overpasses, under elevated subway trains or in playgrounds. “I’m a landscape painter,” he says. “It just so happens that the landscape I paint is encrusted with the Bronx.”

His work captures the play of light and shadow in the urban environment: the patterns cast on the street by the elevated train trestles, the windows of apartment buildings gilded at sunset, the sharp white heat of a sidewalk in high summer, or the deeply shadowed canyons between tall buildings on late autumn afternoons.

Not Just The Bronx

An avid traveler, Hauben has journeyed far afield, carrying his painting supplies and easel with him. “There is no better way to learn about a new place than to set up your easel on a corner and paint life as it revolves around you,” he says. Hauben has painted in Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, France, Southern India and Costa Rica, as well as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia and California.

Painting Light

From the warm glow of an autumnal Virginia dusk captured in delicate pastel, to the bright afternoon light glancing off tall city buildings, to the gritty layers of textured oil paint carved out to portray shadowed, crumbling urban structures, Hauben is able to capture and express light as a life force. His art brings home to us what it means to live in this world – in both a natural and an urban environment – and it reminds us that there is beauty and fragility in both.

The Studio Pieces

In addition to painting en plein air, Hauben spends many hours in his Riverdale studio, creating larger pieces. He has experimented with low relief works in plaster, glass and bronze, in addition to continuing to produce his signature oil relief paintings.

Desolation with paint tube

“The Bronx is to Hauben what Giverny was to Monet.”

                              — Vivien Raynor,
                                    The New York Times

Artist Statement

I am a product of the urban environment.

As a child raised in New York, I was constantly confronted by the physical geometry of the city, with all its order and disorder. When I looked out my window I saw other buildings just like mine, buildings encased in even rows of bricks, punctuated by windows, doors and fire escapes, and fringed on top with the haphazard intersecting patterns of antennae and water towers. As the sun moved overhead, I watched the shadows and the bright areas shift, revealing new shapes of light and dark, new depths to the dimensions of buildings and train trestles. The city, for me, was full of wonder and mystery, planned yet chaotic.

This is the source of my aesthetic, and in all my work I seek to discover and maintain an underlying structural foundation. In my cityscapes I attempt to find some method to the urban ‘madness’, and in landscapes I try to capture the unifying pattern that is inherent in nature’s randomness.

A Landscape painter

Born and raised in the Bronx, Daniel Hauben is acclaimed as the borough’s most versatile and prolific painter. Working in both oil paint and chalk pastel, he has spent 25 years capturing the life of the Bronx on canvas or paper, setting up his easel en plein air on street corners and overpasses, under elevated subway trains or in playgrounds. “I’m a landscape painter,” he says. “It just so happens that the landscape I paint is encrusted with the Bronx.”

His work captures the play of light and shadow in the urban environment: the patterns cast on the street by the elevated train trestles, the windows of apartment buildings gilded at sunset, the sharp white heat of a sidewalk in high summer, or the deeply shadowed canyons between tall buildings on late autumn afternoons.

Not Just The Bronx

An avid traveler, Hauben has journeyed far afield, carrying his painting supplies and easel with him. “There is no better way to learn about a new place than to set up your easel on a corner and paint life as it revolves around you,” he says. Hauben has painted in Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, France, Southern India and Costa Rica, as well as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia and California.

Painting Light

From the warm glow of an autumnal Virginia dusk captured in delicate pastel, to the bright afternoon light glancing off tall city buildings, to the gritty layers of textured oil paint carved out to portray shadowed, crumbling urban structures, Hauben is able to capture and express light as a life force. His art brings home to us what it means to live in this world – in both a natural and an urban environment – and it reminds us that there is beauty and fragility in both.

Desolation with paint tube

The Studio Pieces

In addition to painting en plein air, Hauben spends many hours in his Riverdale studio, creating larger pieces. He has experimented with low relief works in plaster, glass and bronze, in addition to continuing to produce his signature oil relief paintings.

CURRICULUM VITAE

COLLECTIONS

The Bronx County Historical Society
Museum of the City of New York
New-York Historical Society
New York Public Library
Zimmerli Art Museum
New York Transit Museum
Villa Haiss Museum
Columbus Museum
Library of Congress
The White House
Harvard University
New School for Social Research
PepsiCo
Lowes Corporation
Goldman/Sachs
Pfizer, Inc.
E.F. Hutton
Krasdale Foods, Inc.
Montefiore Medical Group
Merrill Lynch
Shearson Lehman Brothers
Bankers Trust
NYNEX
Chemical Bank
Reavis/McGrath
Banco Popular
Mutual Life Insurance

COMMISSION & AWARDS

Commission – Fordham Hill Houses 2019

Residency – East End Arts Center Riverhead, New York 2015, 2016

B.R.I.O. Excellence in the Arts Award,
Bronx Council on the Arts 2019, 2005, 2003, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989

Residency – Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts, Amherst, VA 2019, 2007, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1988

Commission – Bronx Community College North Instructional Building 2008-2012

Commission – Lehman College, Office of the President 2007

Residency – Julia & David White Artist’s Colony, Costa Rica 2004

Commission – MTA Arts for Transit 2002-2007

Residency – Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT 2001 and 2002

Residency – Djerassi Artist’s Colony, Woodside, CA 2000

Residency – Villa Montalvo Artist’s Colony, Saratoga, CA 1999

Residency – Fundación Valparaíso, Almería, Spain 1997

Commission – CitiArts/New York Botanical Garden, 1994

Scholarship – New York Pastel Society 1992

Residency – Oberpfälzer Künsterhaus, Fronberg, Germany 1990

Louis Lozowick Award for Graphics 1989

Certificate of Excellence, Communication Arts Magazine 1988

CURRENT ART INSTRUCTION

Bernard and Ann Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

Riverdale YM/YWHA

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

CURRICULUM VITAE

COLLECTIONS

The Bronx County Historical Society
Museum of the City of New York
New-York Historical Society
New York Public Library
Zimmerli Art Museum
New York Transit Museum
Villa Haiss Museum
Columbus Museum
Library of Congress
The White House
Harvard University
New School for Social Research
PepsiCo
Lowes Corporation
Goldman/Sachs
Pfizer, Inc.
E.F. Hutton
Krasdale Foods, Inc.
Montefiore Medical Group
Merrill Lynch
Shearson Lehman Brothers
Bankers Trust
NYNEX
Chemical Bank
Reavis/McGrath
Banco Popular
Mutual Life Insurance

COMMISSION & AWARDS

Commission – Fordham Hill Houses 2019

Residency – East End Arts Center Riverhead, New York 2015, 2016

B.R.I.O. Excellence in the Arts Award,
Bronx Council on the Arts 2019, 2005, 2003, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989

Residency – Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts, Amherst, VA 2019, 2007, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1988

Commission – Bronx Community College North Instructional Building 2008-2012

Commission – Lehman College, Office of the President 2007

Residency – Julia & David White Artist’s Colony, Costa Rica 2004

Commission – MTA Arts for Transit
2002-2007

Residency – Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT 2001 and 2002

Residency – Djerassi Artist’s Colony, Woodside, CA 2000

Residency – Villa Montalvo Artist’s Colony, Saratoga, CA 1999

Residency – Fundación Valparaíso, Almería, Spain 1997

Commission – CitiArts/New York Botanical Garden, 1994

Scholarship – New York Pastel Society 1992

Residency – Oberpfälzer Künsterhaus, Fronberg, Germany 1990

Louis Lozowick Award for Graphics 1989

Certificate of Excellence, Communication Arts Magazine 1988

CURRENT ART INSTRUCTION

Bernard and Ann Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

Riverdale YM/YWHA

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

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