The Art of Daniel Hauben: Urban Oasis “Our sun sheds its light on every place” 

Daniel Hauben

Hauben engages preschoolers on the question “What is art?”.

Hauben celebrates borough’s beauty

Daniel Hauben (born May 23, 1956, Bronx, NY) is an American painter who grew up in the Bronx, and who often paints Bronx street scenes. Hauben has also painted outdoors around the world.

On Fri., Mar. 14th, he engaged Head Start preschoolers at the Freedman Home on the question “What is art?” as part of a program of the Bronx Children’s Museum in which children made and displayed their own work.

“Hauben’s work is participatory. [It is] inclusive for the inhabitants of a borough that seems to have been largely overlooked by other artists,” said Walter Puryear, Project Manager at the Freedman House. “It allows people to realize that the environment they walk through every day has an aesthetic that is worth validating.”

No Place Like Home, which could easily cover the wall of a small city bedroom, is Hauben’s take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz tale. Dorothy, who seems to be of Latina heritage, walks arm-in-arm with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. The group strolls east on 170th Street and the Grand Concourse. In the distance, the faint facial features of the wizard rise over the hill beyond Jerome Avenue. The characters were superimposed upon an earlier streetscape that Hauben created in the mid-nineties.

Also visible in the piece is a homeless man lounging on a bench, sporting an unkempt beard. His only possessions are a fistful of paintbrushes….

For more information about Daniel Hauben, visit

The Art of Daniel Hauben exhibitions are open to the public at The Andrew Freedman Home is located at 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452.

Urban Oasis: 30 Years Painting Bronx Parks
Solo Exhibit by Daniel Hauben

Poe Park Visitor Center
April 26 – May 30, 2014
Public Reception: April 26th
Free gallery talk/Powerpoint  presentation: May 10th.

This exhibition is a celebration of the nature in our lives – even here in The Bronx. The amount of greenery and parkland we have in The Bronx contributes significantly to our survival as a borough and our ability to maintain a semblance of humanity in the face of so much adversity. “As an artist and as a human being, I need contact with nature – I believe everyone does.  I am excited  to share my thirty years of capturing it’s beauty in paint with my community.” ~ Daniel Hauben

Story and photos by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer


Neighborhood Journal Spotlight: Daniel Hauben



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