Meet Your Maker Monday: Daniel Anguilu
Turn a corner in Houston and you can find work from painter and muralist Daniel Anguilu. His art is transforming Houston one wall at a time. Recent work includes murals for Houston METRO, Texas Art Asylum, The Station Museum, The Glassell School of Art, Lawndale Art Center and the Houston Bahá'í Center.
What do you make?
I'm a painter; most of the time I paint murals.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My day begins with a list of things I have to do, picking up materials, meetings, or painting. Lately I have learned to reschedule – I just can't do it all in one day.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
Houston had a lot of open space, empty buildings and many business owners who support public art. I know the city well, so it makes sense to me to do my work here.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
I don't understand inspiration very well. I get involved with people, ideas and concepts that I believe are necessary to highlight in public art or art organizations. My work is a documentation of my life, my growth spiritually and my political views.
What's next for Daniel Anguilu?
I don't want to know what's next. For now I'm happy working – I want to enjoy this time.
What do you want people to know about your work?
My work in public does not belong to anyone; it is part of the belief that society is in need of therapy. Public art can be used to educate, document events, express views and ideas, and also just for the sake of creating art. I'm pushing so that we can use or take back our space.