Dan Witz

Chicago born, Brooklyn based street artist, Dan Witz has had a career going on almost four decades. His earliest artistic feats on the streets of 1970s New York were founded on the belief that art was necessary, not only to challenge, but to change the dominant systems of society. His use of realism is applied to varying subject matters from creeping, caged-up hands to his delicate humming birds. Witz also gave permission to high-end fashion brand, Dior Homme, to use his photo-realistic “Mosh-Pit” paintings as a recurring motif in the brand’s 2017 fall/winter collection.


His work has long been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Witz is also featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, as well as starring on the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine. In 2010, Gingko Press released ‘In Plain View’, a monograph documenting 30 years of Witz’s career in the studio and on the street.

Inspired by the Old Masters, Witz’ work has taken influence from the Baroque, as well as being inspired by the chiarascuro of the Renaissance period.


“I’m an academic realist painter, but I’m living in the 21st century, so I’m not going to be painting Roman soldiers invading, or some gothic baroque composition…The highest aspiration of an academic realist painter are these big group figure paintings, and I’m using the hardcore scene as my subject.” – Dan Witz, 2016