Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Melanie Daniel immigrated to Israel in 1995. This dual perspective imbues her paintings with elements of both the militaristic and anxiety-inducing environment of Israel and the tree dense historically charged landscape of her native Canada. Languorous hallucinatory scenes contain a latent eerie unease, while other works are a cacophony of frenetic marks and shapes suggesting barbed wire and concrete. Narratives remain unwritten, and figures are almost absorbed by their surroundings. Influenced by the idiosyncratic narratives of Peter Doig, the impending doom found in Daniel Richter's work, and arch-Canadian painters such as Tom Thompson, Daniel's works expose the hope of escaping back to nature or a hard-won peace as impossible ideals.
After studies in Canada, Melanie Daniel completed her BFA and MFA at Bezalel Academy, Israel. Daniel has had numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Ashod Museum of Art, Israel, Shulamit Gallery, Los Angeles, Kelowna Art Gallery, BC, and Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, among others. Her work is included in collections such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Harvard Business School, and the Brandes Family Art Collection. She has received press in publications such as Maake Magazine, Artnet, Newsweek, Frieze, Haaretz, CBC/Radio Canada, The Huffington Post, Beautiful Decay, and the Artists Magazine. Daniel is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the 2009 Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Painter, a Creative Capital Grant, and the NARS Foundation Residency in New York City. She is currently the Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Grand Valley State University, MI.