Daniel Chen was born in the 1980's at the Children's hospital in San Francisco. He split his childhood between the Bay Area and the port city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, never feeling like part of either culture. As a child, he would spend many hours watching his grandfather paint in the upstairs of their small family apartment. As he grew older, Daniel decided to pursue a career in the arts scene as opposed to the family norm of doctors, businessmen, and lawyers. Being an outsider of two different countries has honed his skill of observation while fostering an emotional anger that are both apparent in his artwork.
He attended the Academy of Arts graduating with a BFA in painting and later received his MFA at California College of the Arts. His works are mostly mixed media, implementing charcoal, ink, acrylics, house paint, spray paint, and oils to his paintings. His style mashes together classical, abstract, contemporary, and pop art techniques.