Daniel Lai, a self-taught artist, is known to have very innovative art making skills. Collectors from around the world frequently acquire his art. He has been published in numerous books and magazines and has earned several awards nationally and internationally.

He is represented by the following galleries:
Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC. and Brevard, NC
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN
River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
Gift and Gourmet Interiors, Knoxville, TN
 
The Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, SC.

Lai has been juried into many exhibits. A few examples are the 2008 solo show “ICON: An Exploration of Western Culture,” Estel Gallery, Nashville, TN., 2007 public solo “Burnt Portraits Public Art Exhibit,” Arcade Building, Nashville, TN., and “Faculty Show,” Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. in 2008. Some of the awards he has earned are 2014 Piedmont Park Art festival Best in Craft, 2004 International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA., 2003 Award of Excellence, 23rd Annual Spring Photography Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine, 2007, and 2005 Publication Awards, Direct Art, Fall/Winter 2007 issue and Spring 2005 issue, SlowArt Production, Phoenicia, NY.

Daniel, of Chinese descent, was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He moved to the United States in 2000. He was granted US citizenship through extraordinary ability in field of fine art and arts management in 2014. He has a BA in Linguistics (2003) and an MA in Art Studies/Art History (2006) from Montclair State University. He is currently working on his PhD in Sociology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


 Arts at the Airport Exhibit, Nashville, TN. 2012


World of Art Showcase, Raleigh, NC, 2013.

SELECTED PAST AWARDS
2009

Professional Development Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

2008

Professional Development Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

2005

Honor of Distinction. Black and White (Photography) Spider Award, Los Angeles, CA.

 

Second Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

 

Fine Art Photography – “Spirited Away”

 

2004

First Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

 

Aerial Photography – “Above Salt Lake”

 

First Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

 

Medical/Microphotography – “Fossilography”

 

First Place. International Photography Award (IPA), Los Angeles, CA.

 

Other Nature – “Fossilography”

 

2003

Award of Excellence.

23rd Annual Spring Photography Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2007

Publication Award, Direct Art, Fall/Winter 2007 issue, SlowArt Production, Phoenicia, NY.

 

2005

Publication Award, (Fossilography, photogram series,) Direct Art, Spring 2005 issue, SlowArt Production, Phoenicia , NY.