More About Daniel Sroka
Photography and computers have been part of my life since I was young. I grew up with cameras around the house, and my childhood desk was an old enlarger my father made. I spent many days working in our basement darkroom, listening to the floorboards creak overhead. When I was 12, I earned my first computer by scraping a hundred years of paint off my uncle's house. I wanted to use it to make art, but this was the late 70s, so if you wanted a program you had to write it yourself. No one told me how hard that would be, so I taught myself to code, and created my own painting software.
My talent with art and computers helped me pay my way through college, and lead me to my first career as a graphic designer. I started at a mom-and-pop print shop and worked my way up from job to job. I eventually became the original creative director for Yahoo!, where I helped transform them from a quirky curiosity into a globally-recognized brand.
But I grew tired of working to help other people achieve their dreams, while ignoring my own. So after a lot of thought, I quit my corporate career, and turned my attention back towards my original love — photography. I have now spent over a decade carefully developing my unique and intensely personal style of nature art. I have been able to use my years of experience in design and marketing to launch my art career, as well as run a successful internet business inspired by my art.
shows and exhibitions
- 2017 - Solo show, New Jersey Emerging Artist Series, Monmouth Museum (scheduled 4/28-5/28/2017)
- 2016 - Group show, Art Comes Alive 2016, Cincinnati, OH
- 2016 - Group show, Summertime/Verano, Zufall Health Center, Dover, New Jersey
- 2016 - Exhibited at Artexpo New York
- 2015 - Group show, Art Comes Alive 2015, purchase award recipient, Cincinnati, OH
- 2014 - Inaugural Show, 70 South Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
- 2014 - Group show, Art of the New Jersey Highlands, Highlands Festival at Waterloo, New Jersey
- 2014 - Group show, NJ350 Elements: Celebrating New Jersey's 350th anniversary, Duke Farms, New Jersey
- 2014 - Group show, Embler Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2014 - Group show, Art Comes Alive 2014, Cincinnati, OH
- 2014 - Group show, Zufall Health Center, Dover, New Jersey
- 2014 - Group Show, Abstractions, New Jersey Photo Forum
- 2013 - Group show, Art Comes Alive 2013, publishing award recipient, Cincinnati, OH
- 2013 - Group show, Rites of Spring, 14 Maple Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
- 2013 - 6th annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in the abstract category
- 2013 - Plywerk Featured Artist
- 2013 - Exhibited at Artexpo New York
My booth at Artexpo New York 2013.
- 2012 - Group show, Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center (Atlantic Health), Summit, New Jersey
- 2012 - Group show, Elements of Art: Texture, Still Point Gallery
- 2012 - Exhibited at Morristown Art Walk
- 2012 - Exhibited at Artexpo New York
- 2011 - 5th annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in both the Abstract and Fine Art categories
- 2011 - Exhibited at Artexpo New York, awarded Top Ten Solo Artists
- 2010 - Artist in residence, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa, Tucson
- 2010 - 4th annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in the Abstract category
- 2010 - Group show, 40th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
- 2010 - Group show, Geometric Abstraction, Still Point Gallery
- 2010 - Group show, Emerging Patterns, 14 Maple Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
- 2009 - Solo show, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa, Tucson
- 2009 - Group show, Autumnal Tints, Still Point Gallery
- 2009 - Group show, Contemporary Abstract Photography, Art Way Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey
- 2009 - Group show, Chromatics, Art Upstairs Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
- 2009 - 3rd annual Photography Masters Cup, nominee in the Abstract category
- 2008 - Group show, Typologies, Fraction Magazine
- 2008 - Group show, Elemental/Environmental: Space, New Orleans Photo Alliance.
- 2008 - Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), third place in Nature category
- 2007 - Featured artist, Area of Design and Positive Focus online art magazines
- 2007 - Group show, Arcadia: Artists Celebrate Trees, California Modern Gallery, San Francisco
- 2004 - Solo show, The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA
- 2004 - Group show, Visions of Memory, The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA
- 2003 - Group show, Garden of Earthly Delights, The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA
press and other news
Other things about me
- I create fine art wedding ketubahs from my photographs
- I am a board member and committe chair for Morris Arts, the arts commission for Morris County and northern NJ.
- I graduated from Hampshire College in 1989, where I did advanced study on the connections between symbols and language, the cognition of metaphor, and the development of visual language skills in children. I am a member of Hampshire's Alumni Advisory Group.