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© 2019 by Daniel Ignacio

About Daniel

DKAISM (Daniel Ignacio) is a Filipino-Canadian contemporary artist based in Toronto. In 2011, he painted using the acrylic medium. In 2014, as he was about to graduate from the University of Toronto, he developed an interest in the digital medium so he started learning some basic digital art techniques by himself. He was also working as a writer and a photojournalist at the time. In 2017, he fully promoted his work by getting active in both the local and global art community through art exhibits, collaborations, and ultimately, through social media art circles.


DKAISM creates surreal scenes and painterly street environments. The Surreal & Scifi series is a theme and aesthetic that showed him the opportunity to showcase vibrance of colours, drama, simplicity, emotionalism–a means to express himself and what he wants to communicate to the world. The Contemporary Urbanscapes is a separate series that features a subject matter that he has grown to love. Aside from the photojournalistic influence, it is his way of honouring such seemingly "everyday", "ordinary" places. It originally started as an artistic exploration of Asian marketplaces and shantytowns. Eventually, the range of subject matter branched to streetscapes and alleys inspired by different cities. For Daniel, these streets are home to life, people, high spirit, connection, sonder, energy, and meaningful interaction. This series is a tribute, an appreciation to the cradle of beautiful souls, hidden in plain sight.

"Streets, without words, will speak to you–stories, secrets, traces, and histories–yearning for you to explore its heart, ready for you to fall in love."



  • 2016 Behance Illustrations, "Fine Lands"

  • 2017 Displate Featured Artist

  • 2017 Ello x Smiling Gecko: Through the Eyes of the Artist

  • 2018 Ello x Fumogallery - Call for New Talent

  • 2018 MrSuicideSheep - “We Collide” by MitiS, Featured Artwork

  • 2018 Arts & Times, Friday Feature, Toronto

  • 2018 RedBubble Blog, Featured Artwork "The Daughter"

  • 2018 Ello x Digital Decade, Shortlisted and Featured, "Future Fest", London UK

  • 2018 Ello x Unvael

  • 2018 Ello 3D Art Category

  • 2018 RedBubble Features: "This is My Calling", "The Daughter", "Ancient Titans" & "Ancient Spirit: The Owl"

  • 2018 Walltones, "Japan" Collection, Exclusive 50/50

  • 2018 Artstation Community Page (December 2018)

  • 2019 Ello Homepage, Trending Artists (March 18, 2019)

  • 2019 MakersPlace, Featured Creators

  • 2019 MakersPlace, Featured Creations (Jan-Mar 2019)


Artist Interviews


Past/Upcoming Exhibits

  • 2018 RAW Artists Toronto Presents "ENVISION"; Feb 22-23

  • 2018 The Tyler Effect, Inaugural Charity Event; Mar 20

  • 2018 RAW Artists Toronto Presents "MAGNIFY"; May 17-18

  • 2018 Vibe Arts Festival, Gallery Exhibit; Jun 8-10

  • 2018 Birkdale Art in the Park, Public Art Fair; Jul 8

  • 2018 Gallery 1313 presents "The Landscape" Art Exhibit (Withdrew)

  • 2018 Ontario Society of Artists: Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition; Oct 4

  • 2018 Lawrence Park Art Show; Oct 12-14

  • 2018 Vibe Arts Holiday Fundraiser, Featured Artist; December 2018

  • 2018 Birkdale Art in the Park @ Artists Walkway, S.G.H., Toronto, 2018-19

  • 2019 Toronto Public Library, Agincourt Branch; Jan 1-31

  • 2019 Birkdale Arts Festival, June 22