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Lived/Active: New Hampshire/Michigan      Known for: automatic drawing, surreal, mixed media

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Daniel Boyer is best known for his "entoptic graphomanias," drawings using an automatic method first developed by the Romanian surrealist Dolfi Trost, in which dots are made at the sites of impurities or shifts in color in a blank sheet of paper, and lines are then made between the dots. He also did many gouaches and fumages (a method developed by Wolfgang Paalen in which the paper or canvas is
discolored or burned with smoke or flame from a lamp or candle).

Born in Hancock, Michigan in 1971, he grew up in nearby Houghton, with the exception of a year in London, Ontario, Canada.

In 1987, while at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer program at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he chanced upon
Andre Breton's "Manifestoes of Surrealism" at a college library, which inspired him to make his first automatic drawings and paintings. (In 1994-1996 he would serve on the Editorial Board of the CTYer: The CTY Alumni Magazine, to which he contributed a drawing.) In 1992, after corresponding with Franklin Rosemont, co-founder of the Surrealist Movement in the United States, he began participating in the Movement
on his twenty-first birthday.

In 1997 he graduated from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts with a degree in Politics and History, taking a few courses in computer graphics and serving as the Arts and Entertainment editor of the campus newspaper while there. He had an illustration appear in "The Improper Bostonian" at this time.

After graduation, he moved to Concord, New Hampshire and began painting full-time. In 1998 he moved briefly to Medford, Massachusetts, before returning to

In 2001, he studied 2-dimensional mixed media at Harvard University with Annette Lemieux. A frequent participant in mail-art exhibitions around the world, in 2002 he became Chief Executive Officer of the International Union of Mail Artists.

Boyer was named "Artist of the Week" in the October 22, 1999 "Michigan Tech Lode."

He was mentioned in "The Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald" article "The art of war: Artists' commentaries reach beyond the headlines" (April 25, 2002) and "The Daily Mining Gazette." The Gazette also published the following articles about him: "Boyer's Work in Paris Show" (March 20, 2001), "Houghton Artist's Work to be
Shown" (September 25, 2001), "Local artist has display" (November 27, 2001), "Local man's work in Carolina gallery" (March 21, 2002), "Houghton man's art on
display" (June 4, 2002), "Boyer to show in Portugal" (September 9, 2002), "Poster displayed in Australia" (September 24, 2002) and "Boyer displays art in Indiana" (October 8, 2002). The July/August 2002 issue of New York Arts Magazine had a referencing article (titled "The Shrinking Theatre: Questions for veteran surrealists: from PASS- international"), as did issue 130 of Observator Cultural ("Noul suprarealism globalizat" by Paul Cernat). He was the featured artist in Volume 3, Issue 2 of "Snow Monkey" magazine.

Boyer has also been mentioned in the Duluth Arts Institute Newsletter and the Art Association of Harrisburg Newsletter. He also designed one of the covers for Fat Little Bastard's Maldoror CD. Blue Feathers No. 4 (2002) mentions him in "Positional
Chart for World Surrealism" and Blue Feathers SE2 ("The New World Odor"), a special edition of Blue Feathers on the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath, published a reproduction of his acrylic frottage with thread and icecube, "September
11, 2001".

Boyer received a Diploma of Excellence in the 7th International Annual of Miniature Art from Art Addiction in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2002.

In 2005, he was named an Academical Knight of Verbano by the Ordine Accademico Internazionale de Greci-Marino.

In addition to his paintings and drawings Boyer made films ("The Dead Man" and "The Erotic Life of the Eskimo"), designed t-shirts and a watch (in honour of
Ahn-Choong Kun), and wrote a comic strip "Donnelly".

2004 - "The Human Landscape," Marquette Arts and Culture Center in Marquette,
2001 Galerie Gora, Montreal
2000 World Fine Art, New York
1999 The Internet Bagel Cafe, Marquette, Michigan

Submitted by the artist and updated April 2005

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