Daniel Samaniego combines fantastic and grotesque imagery to explore the interplay between private personas and public depictions of queer beauty. His meticulously-rendered graphite drawing installations have been exhibited nationally. Select recent exhibitions include: Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles (Curated by Brett Reichman), and Plural at The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas. Samaniego holds an MFA in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute (2011). He has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center (2014) and the Ora Lerman Trust (2018).