Daniel Lai was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He moved to the U.S. in 2000. He has a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Art Studies/Art History from Montclair State University, but he has still made time to create intricate multimedia sculptures, available at  You can see his work on exhibit in July at Estel Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.  [Fun fact - I went to high school across the street from the storefront where this gallery is located - Ed.]

Tell me about yourself, Daniel.
I am a very versatile artist. I like to try and pursue new things regularly. I have a very diverse body of work, which includes several mediums, styles and subject matter.

I enjoy sculpting and making glass work. My work has been acquired by many collectors from around the world and has been published in many different magazines and books.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have always been an artist.  Since I was a child, I have painted, photographed, sculpted, manipulated.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sitting on a beach watching the ocean.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Juggling my school work and keeping my inventory flowing.  I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a part time artist.  I do not see this as a business.

There are moments when I can't read, write and/or think any further (mental overload). During these episodes, I will make a figure. Sometimes I fold or cut a book. So, each piece is completed through installments of these little study breaks.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
an artist

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Sleeper on Jellyfish Folds

What other artists out there do you love?
NorthUp Studio
Evan Mann

What does your future hold?
a Ph.D.,
A career in academia,
traveling the world
absolutely no place for conventionality
and making art