Over the past 40 years, Bronx native and resident Daniel Hauben has focused his attention on the changing urban landscape of our cities, creating paintings of streets and parks from the perspective of windows and rooftops. His first attempts to capture the unique sprawl of homes, sidewalks, and greenery began at the age of nine as a child growing up in Kingsbridge Heights. That early impetus has been a source of inspiration throughout his career both in Boston and in New York City.
The seven-part painting Reflecting on the Familiar is Hauben’s attempt at capturing the sense of envelopment, enormity, and often, of the incomprehension that comes with living in the congested urban environment of The Bronx. Rather than depicting just a small portion of his expansive view, Hauben enlarges the scale to create a multi-faceted vision of the world around him.
Daniel Hauben received a degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York and is an eight-time recipient of the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. He has been awarded artist residencies in Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, Virginia, Connecticut and California, and has had over thirty national and international solo exhibitions, including at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the American Embassy in Berlin. His public art project The El commissioned by the New York MTA’s Arts for Transit program was acknowledged in 2008 as one of 40 notable works of public art nationwide by Americans for the Arts. In 2012, Hauben completed a portrait of The Bronx in 22 paintings commissioned for the new library on the campus of the Bronx Community College. His work is also in corporate and public collections including at the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society, the Library of Congress, the White House, Harvard University, and the New York Public Library. He has taught at the Pastel Society of America, the Art Students League and the CUNY Graduate Center, and currently teaches drawing at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture.