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Daniel Cardoso

Artist member since 2020

Daniel Cardoso is a emerging printmaking artist based in Toronto who graduated in 2020 from OCAD University with a BFA. His artwork focuses on creating visual narratives and iconographies hidden in intricate patterns as a means of disseminating his past. The use of patterning comes from a strong connection to Portuguese tile work (“Azulejos”), and how the traditional narratives present in them fit into his life in a Canadian context. Daniel's goal is to combine the visual patterns of this traditional medium with themes of queerness, trauma, mental health, and identity in contemporary print work.

Daniel's work explores visual language via patterned print work. The reproductive capability of printmaking allows him to create large scale installations that overtake a space to bring viewers into his world. The ability to make an edition allows him to produce small sized prints, interconnecting them into larger works. Using creative problem solving and patterning, the seams of each print blend together to create one unique piece.

Daniel's preferred medium is reductive linocut. It is a relief printmaking method that utilizes one block to print multiple layers, carving away at each subsequent layer as you print. Consequently, this makes the process unforgiving, but that is what brings nuances into the print to create individualized pieces that are then assembled together.


Inside the Studio


Coffees per day and from where

I'll drink 2 -3 coffees per day. I like making them at home or shopping from the local coffee shops near me!

How long have you been creating art?

Ever since I could pick up a pencil, I have been creating. There are pictures of me as young as 4 years old with a pad of paper and a pencil, drawing to my hearts content. That hasn't changed to this day!

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

cooking or eating.

Favourite medium

Printmaking - its all about the process!

Describe your home in 3 words

Cozy, welcoming, cluttered! I have way too many art supplies and not enough space.

Upcoming Exhibitions
October 1st - November 21st, 2020

Toronto, Ontario
40 Under Forty

Select Past Exhibitions

Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Biennial; Unknowable Unknowing


Toronto, Ontario


Florence, Italy
Emulsion II


Florence, Italy
Emulsion I


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
OCADU Career Launcher


Fred Hagan Memorial Award


Open Studio Prize
Open Studio


Florence, Italy
OCADU Off Campus Program


Ocad University
BFA Printmaking

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