Daniel Handal is a Honduran-born artist who lives and works in New York City. He received his BS in Applied Sciences from Rutgers University and studied Photography at the International Center of Photography. Handal’s work centers on portraiture and explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas; The powerHouse Arena, New York City; the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; MKII, London; and many others. Handal’s work has been written about in publications including The Huffington Post, Slate and Hyperallergic. He has participated in residencies at The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York; the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, New York; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. Handal currently serves on the board of directors of Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York.
Daniel Handal’s “Engaños” challenges traditional beauty norms by presenting flowers as optical illusions in unconventional contexts. By juxtaposing the natural and the man-made, he explores our relationship with truth and technology’s impact on perception inviting viewers to engage with the artwork, addressing themes of authenticity and queerness.
“Final Girls” is Daniel Handal’s series focusing on iconic lead female roles in 70s and 80s horror movies. The prints, representing triumph over evil and blurring gender lines, use two-color techniques. Mounted on painted museum boxes, they transform into sculptural pieces.
Daniel Handal’s series “Pajaritos” celebrates beauty, freedom and reflects the artist’s journey of embracing his queer identity.
A series of photograph of Owls by Daniel Handal
Daniel Handal’s “Cats in Costume” explores the online popularity of cats in costumes, reflecting on their symbolic significance in internet culture.
“Cranach Nudes” series photographs by the Daniel Handal explores the dialogue between male and female figures, drawing inspiration from Lucas Cranach.
A photographic series by Daniel Handal of photographs of high school wrestlers
“CLAMP is happy to present Daniel Handal’s “Engaños” from July 8 – September 9, 2023 Opening reception: Saturday, July 8, 2023 6 – 8 PM”
CLAMP is pleased to announce artist Daniel Handal’s second solo show with the gallery.
CLAMP is pleased to announce “Daniel Handal: Pajaritos”—the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.