By Rick SCHWEITZER, AroundTown News Magazine
Daniel Austin, a native from Haiti founder of the "Interpressionism" movement. Austin always considered himself a universal man (L'homme du monde), because of the cultural diversity of his family roots. He is the Son of Jean Demetrius Austin, a protestant minister of a reformed church in New York. And the late Therese Etienne, professional singer, an accomplished interior designer, and a "Cordon Bleu." Austin grew up in a very conservative middle class family with two brothers and three sisters. He was born an artistically gifted child, who always expressed himself through his art. At the age of seven he began to draw, portraits, abstracts, landscapes on anything his innocent hands could find. At a very young age, Austin was already fascinated by the wonders of nature. His father recognized his gift and in 1984 enrolled Daniel in the Haitian National School of Art (ENHART), the youngest person to enter this prestigious school. Three months later, Austin rebelled against the system and quit. Why? Austin refused to copy or to recreate other’s style or the “déjà vu. He understood: "The real talent is not the one that you copy, but the one that you are born with, your inner-self expression." Many would ask Austin: “Where he learned to paint? What school or art academy had he studied art? What master techniques and disciplines was he following? As modest as he could, he always replied as a gentleman should, with a smile on his face “I was born gifted; my talent comes from my inner-self, thus innate. He went on to explain that "his inspirations come from the source of his artistic creativity which can only be cultivated from within. "However, too young to understand his gift, Austin ignored his artistic side and concentrated all his youth and half of his adult life on his academic studies.
- 1986 - graduated from High School
- 1990 -BS Degree in Economic Science; Business Management. Banking Industry career followed: Financial Consulting services for International Non-governmental organizations, International Desjardins, World Bank/IDA, UCG/RI, Gallup Poll, Quisqueya University. Austin was successful in these endeavors, but often felt unfulfilled. He finally realized his real passion was Art.
Birth of Interpressionism
In 1988, Austin returned to painting but with a determination. He focused all his time searching for his own identity. Because his strongest desires were to not only create a new trend of expression also to express his art works in an innovative revolutionary movement. After years of research, his vision came to life, thus, the Interpressionism was born. He was now ready to share his new trend of expression with the world. In 1989, Austin introduced the Interpressionism movement to the world at an art fair in Petion-Ville, Haiti, but without success. This wasn't discouraged him in pursuing his dream. Austin went to a lot of pain and struggles. In 1997, Austin divorced his soul mate, his first wife. During this painful time once again, Austin was saved by his painting. He has two beautiful and gifted children Ashley and Anne-Caroline, whom he loves dearly.
After his divorce, Austin spent a great deal of time and energy painting. Later, he took his work to Europe, to the Caribbean, and to the United States. Once immigrated to the USA, he moved to Staten Island, New York where he lived with his younger sister Eunice, in a small apartment. There he was able to pursue his artistic career, promoting his artworks and the Interpressionism movement. In 2004, Austin Copyrighted volumes 1, 2, and 3 of his Interpressionism eBook, opened an Ebay art gallery, and hosted an online presence on Lycos/Tripod. During the same year, he trademarked the Interpressionism name to protect the mark.
On several occasions Austin has been asked: "Why his artwork was not exhibited in museums or some well-known galleries around the world? Austin always refrained from answering the questions. Instead he used the opportunity to explain his philosophy: "As simple as this question appears to be, this same question was also asked of every well-known master painter; Michael Angelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, young Renoir, Monet, Manet, Rousseau, Emmanuel, Picasso, Van Gogh, etc., before they broke the “Ice ceiling”, before their body of work was discovered and appreciated for their pure value (originality). We can also extend the same horizon to young Matisse, Pollock, Dali, Andy Warhol, and Jean Michel Basquiat, etc. All of them went through similar struggles and experiences until one day their work was discovered and appreciated by millions. I am touched and humbled to be going through the struggle of this growing pain. A good example is Master Van Goth, who never sold any of his paintings while alive and died poor without any recognition. It has taken history fifty years after his death to understand his revolutionary technique and his uniqueness. One of his paintings” The Yellow Flower” has been sold for $70 million. "The real art with the pure essence of originality never die and need to be polished by time. Because it is a new artistic language and an art form expression."
Austin states, “before I give an interpression on my zero canvas I always close my eyes to the “deja vu”, waiting for an epiphany moment that takes me to the orbit of my artistic source of creativity, to my inner self creative. There, I can see myself metamorphosed and transported to this supernatural dimension, which is this imaginary universe. This is the only place I can free myself and use my brush-stroke techniques as a bridge to interconnect the reality to the abstract."
Words of Humbleness
"It take months for a baby to learn his first steps. It also take decades, sometimes half a century for history to discover the footprints of an ant left behind, and to witness the hatching of a giant Egg. History also revealed all great things before happening need to undergo through a period of growing pains and great sacrifices. They have to first been polished by time. Like a diamond needs to undergo to fire in order for shining its brightest light. " (D.Austin)