Daniel Lai, of Chinese descent, was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He moved to the U.S. in 2000. He has a BA in Linguistics (2003) and an MA in Art Studies/Art History (2006) from Montclair State University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in criminology. When he is taking a break from his studies, he makes art.
His art reflects his feelings at the time. Some of his comments:
“I made this piece to reflect my being overwhelmed by the amount of reading and information overload during the first semester of my PhD program.”
“I made the Thinker as a reflection of the contemplation of new knowledge.”
“The Stitcher is connecting the dots of knowledge. He is holding red thread with a needle.”