What he does: Dandee Danao grew up watching cartoons. The moving drawings stimulated his mind, and even before he was able to read or write, he was creating art. These days, he takes the images of many of those iconic cartoon characters and alters them to make them reflect his own musings of each character. One such piece depicts the Simpsons lounging and enjoying the "high" life in a Barton Springs-inspired pond.
This year, Danao drew much attention for his 50 drawings and 50 paintings of The Smurfs mish-mashed with other cartoons at his exhibit "No Smurfin! Way!"
Why he likes it: "Creating is an addiction," Danao says.
His appreciation for creativity doesn't stop at painting and drawing. His art space, War'Hous Visual Studios, is a haven for artists, fashion designers, bands, DJs and ultimately anyone who's up for sharing ideas.
"It's not just a gallery," he says.
Danao hopes to pass some of his creative passion down to younger generations by getting involved in the community. He says he could see himself teaching or being involved in back-to-school programs.
What inspires him: Inspiration for Danao's work comes from TV and the Internet. A lot of it comes from the people around him that he credits as being very creative and "thinking outside the box." For the Simpsons piece, he just imagined what the family would do if they were in the vicinity of Houston.
If not here, then where? Recently, Danao went to an art show with entries from around the world. He says he felt himself very drawn to the pop art scenes of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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