Internationally renowned artist Dan Santoni creates as a photographer, visual effects animator, and art director. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, his photography gained him recognition there in the early nineties. His work won numerous awards in the Detroit Metro Times, including first place in the Color category. He also received editorial recognition in the Detroit News, the Detroit Metro Times, and various other publications. Dan became greatly involved in the underground music scene in the mid eighties, which greatly influenced his work. In the early nineties, Dan also became involved in organizing multiple club events. These events included DJs, still and movie projections, multimedia sculptures, and artwork and took place in venues such as the Majestic Theatre, The State Theatre, and 2036.
In 1994, Dan relocated to Los Angeles to continue his photography. Delving into the entertainment field, he has photographed celebrities such as Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, and Velvet Revolver, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, Members of Coal Chamber; Mikal Cox, Meegs Rascon, and Nadja, as Well as members of We Are Riot. Kelly Hu of Vampire Diaries, Xmen II, and Scorpion King,actress and comedian Margaret Cho, Skinny Puppy, Ogre of Skinny Puppy, David Vincent of Morbid Angel, KMFDM, Sybil Danning of Rob Zombie's "Halloween", Howling II fame, Cleve Hall of SyFy Channel's "Monster Man", G Tom Mac (songwriter; Cry Little Sister, Lost Boys), Dylan Vox, producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult, and many more),Collide, Mankind is Obsolete, and Carbon 12.
Dan's works have been featured in Guitar Magazine, Imago Magazine, Runway Magazine, Strings Magazine, Metal Edge, Mix Magazine, Outburn Magazine, Industrial Nation (cover), Gothic Beauty Magazine, Rue Morgue, Marquis Magazine (Germany), and Carpe Noctem. His photography and art have been shown in galleries across the United States such as; Mr. Musichead Gallery on Sunset Blvd LA, Ca., Rebecca Molayem Gallery in Beverly Hills, 2036, Urban Park, Dark's Art Parlour, Blue Space Gallery, and Echo Gallery in Chicago.
Dan’s work in on-set art direction and effects/cg post prodcution can be seen in popular film, television, and music videos. His credits include work on Life of Pi, The Golden Compass, The Day After Tomorrow, Minority Report, The Incredible Hulk, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods, The A-Team, Angel, and Birds of Prey, as well as music videos for Sisqo, DJ Rap, and Ziggy Marley. Two of those Films, both Life of Pi, and The Golden Compass, were awarded the Oscar for Visual Fx of which Dan Santoni, and his team helped make happen!
Dan’s major goal with his art is to evoke an element of unsettling beauty in the viewer.
His influences are numbered in photographers such as Peter Greenaway, Julie Margaret Cameron, Pierre et Giles, David La Chapelle, Terry Gilliam, David Fincher, and Jean Pierre Jeunet, as well as in movies such as 28 Days Later, Fight Club, Children of Men, Ed Wood, Session 9, World War Z, Battle Royale, and various cult movies.