Daniel Isaac Mincer (1953-1981) was born in New York City. A child of the 1960’s, he was immersed in both visual arts and music of many genres. While he began to draw and paint in his early teens, he later studied art history, drawing and painting at Marlboro College with Willene Clark and Frank Stout. He attended the Art Students League in both New York City and Woodstock and also received a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. In the late 1970’s, he studied with artist Naoto Nakagawa, among others. In addition to his pursuits in the visual arts, he was a talented musician and singer, and played the piano, flute and guitar. His life and artistic career were cut short in 1981 at age 27 when he died from complications of Marfan Syndrome, a congenital heart disease.
Although he was in the process of developing his own style, he was influenced by the New Realism movement, as well as aspects of Pop Art, namely the celebration of commonplace objects. Artists of the day whom he admired included Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, Alice Neel and Audrey Flack. Painting from daily life, his subjects included still lifes, self-portraits, nudes and friends or family members whose images were based on photographs. He worked in several mediums, including oil, pastel, charcoal/pencil and batik. Many of his later works were still lifes in which he would group or juxtapose every day and commercial items, for example, a can of Comet next to a toothbrush. Daniel’s batiks combine technical complexity and simplicity of subject matter with a level of depth found in paintings, and both his abstract and representational batiks mimic the visible brushstrokes found on canvas. In addition to paintings and batiks, Daniel left voluminous notebooks filled with pencil and charcoal studies of nudes and a variety of drawings, many quite whimsical. All of the work displayed, while not identified by specific year, was created between the early 1970s and 1981.