Daniel K. Winn

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Born (1966-06-19) June 19, 1966 (age 57)
Biên Hòa, Vietnam
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationBachelors of Science
Alma materUniversity of California Irvine
  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Philanthropist
Known forPainting Sculpture

Daniel K. Winn (born June 19, 1966) is a Vietnamese-American artist, curator, and philanthropist recognized for his painting & sculpture, artistic mentorship, and establishment of the art style Winn coined, "Existential Surrealism." His work has been exhibited at galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Winn now lives in Orange County, California and is the CEO of Winn Slavin Fine Art, with galleries in Beverly Hills, China, and Vietnam.

Early Life and Education

Winn was born in Biên Hòa, Vietnam and lived there until 1975 when his family escaped to California, during the Fall of Saigon. His family settled in Greater Los Angeles where Winn eventually attended the University of California, Irvine, earning a Bachelors of Science.[1] Winn then began medical school at the University of California, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine with an intended focus in reconstructive surgery but left to pursue a career in art.[2]

Career as Curator and Artist

After leaving medical school, Winn began producing paintings and sculptures and opened a small frame shop and gallery in Southern California. By 1997, Winn owned galleries in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. That same year he founded Masterpiece Publishing and Winn then spent the next 20 years mentoring and promoting blue-chip artists.[3] During this time, Winn curated exhibitions for his artists in galleries, museums, city centers, and hotels across North America and China. In 2016, after 20 years of helping promote other artists, Winn returned to creating his own art.Since then, Winn's award winning sculptures and paintings have been exhibited in the United States, Spain, China, and Vietnam.[4] A lifelong philanthropist, Winn has raised over $2 million for charities in the US and Asia. In 2018, Winn was knighted by Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe in recognition of Winn's philanthropic works.[5]

Existential Surrealism

Existential Surrealism is an artistic style developed by Winn, using his life experiences as a child refugee of war and the dichotomy between integrating into a strange new country while maintaining a sense of ancestral heritage is an importance influence of Existential Surrealism. Existential Surrealism uses a surrealistic style and subject matter to encourage the viewer to examine the nature of existence, often through dreams.[6] There are technical and symbolic parallels between Winn's work and that of surrealist master, Salvador Dalí.[7] In 2019, the Shanghai Art Museum held a joint exhibit featuring the works of Winn and Dalí.[8]


  • Red Dot Miami, 2016
  • La Art Show, 2017
  • Art Marbella, 2017[9]
  • Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, 2017[10]
  • Jane Kahan Gallery, 2017
  • Intersect Palm Springs, 2017
  • Coral Spring Museum of Art, 2018[11]
  • Shanghai Art Museum, 2019, 2020


  • 2009 California Legislature Assembly Recognition
  • 2009 Asian Business Association of Orange County Entrepreneur of the Year[12]
  • 2014 California Senate Resolution Recipient as a Publisher for Contemporary Arts
  • 2019 International Gold Medal, Best Sculpture. Grand Jury de Mondial Art Academia.[13]


  1. Greco, Teresa (2020-09-30). "The Physical & Spiritual Dichotomy Of Human Existence: Sir Daniel Winn's Existential Surrealism". Preferred Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Slavin, Randy (Oct 2019). "Surrealism Revisited: An Exhibition of Surrealist Works by Salvador Dali and Sir Daniel Winn". China National Arts Magazine. 58: 44–53.
  3. "Hành trình kiến tạo di sản của nghệ sĩ Mỹ gốc Việt Daniel Winn". Forbes Vietnam (in Tiếng Việt). 2020-02-22. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Mekkes, Ryan (2020-02-04). "Sir Daniel Winn discusses his award-winning art and existential realism". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  5. Editor (2020-04-12). "Sir Daniel Winn – A Look at the Business of Fine Art". Home Business Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-08. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Introducing Daniel Winn The Artist" (PDF). Art World News: 18. Oct 2016.
  7. Buford, Landon (2020-01-30). "Is Sir Daniel Winn The Modern-Day Salvador Dali?". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Melting Clocks And Tentacle Helmets: Surrealist Artists Salvador Dalí and Daniel Winn Exhibited Below Ground". SmartShanghai. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  9. "GALLERIES 2017". Marbella Fair. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Winn Slavin Gallery opens in Beverly Hills" (PDF). Art World News: 16, 19. Oct 2017.
  11. Jones, Natalya (2018-09-27). "'Metamorphosis' at Coral Springs Museum of Art journeys through artist's life experiences". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. Greco, Teresa (2020-09-30). "The Physical & Spiritual Dichotomy Of Human Existence: Sir Daniel Winn's Existential Surrealism". Preferred Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "PRIX INTERNATIONAL DES PROFESSIONNELS DE L'ART 2019". www.mondialartacademia.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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