Biography

 

Daniel Pollera was born in 1953 in the coastal town of Freeport, New York. His interest in art began at a very young age gravitating toward drawing and painting the surrounding coastline of Long Island. After a short study at SUNY Farmingdale in Commercial Art, he left to enter the family business.
For almost 15 years, Daniel took a sabbatical from painting, but this didn’t void his love for the sea. He obtained a Captain’s License in 1977 from the United States Coast Guard and took passengers for hire on the open ocean. Through this experience and visual knowledge he was drawn to begin his painting again. Although Daniel is primarily self taught he worked with Frances Norris Streit, a portrait and mural artist, assisting her on a 14’ X 30’ historical mural for the Roslyn savings bank. He also studied with Everett Molinari, a well respected President of the National Mural Society.
Daniel Pollera captivates his admirers by inspiring emotion and feeling through light and composition in his work. “I strive to create a sense of peace and tranquility, that will lure the viewer into the painting, stimulating their emotion to interpret what he or she feels.” The paintings are void of people to create an intimacy between the viewer and nature which becomes thought provoking. Some of his paintings have been purchased by international collectors in London, South Africa and Australia. Dan has been featured in many charitable events including East End Hospice, The Cancer Research Fund, The Guardian Brain Foundation and The South Shore Estuary Reserve Stewardship Awards. He has also had a one man show at the Long Island Museum of Art as well as group shows at numerous galleries. His work is presently published by Fairfield Art Publishing and Coastal Publications in New York.
Daniel splits his time between his home in East Quogue, Long Island, NY and Baldwin Harbor, Long Island, NY. These two places offer him inspiration which is the catalyst for his work. “I look for a dramatic setting, filled with light to draw awareness to the image”. Light in his paintings is what he is noted for; people say they wish they were there.

“Tranquility is the hallmark of Daniel Pollera’s paintings.”

MARCELLE S. FISCHLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 19, 2002

 

“...your paintings are exceptional, my favorite paint applier.”

DICK CAVETT, AUGUST 2011

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Open Juried Exhibition Nassau County Museum of Art Annex 1992
Open Juried Exhibition Nassau County Museum of Art Annex 1993
Gallery East, East Hampton, NY 1994
Long Island Museum of Art – One man show 1995
Gallery East, East Hampton, NY 1995
Owl 57 Gallery, Woodmere, NY 1995
Gallery East, East Hampton, NY 1996
Gallery East, East Hampton, NY 1997
Charter Oak Gallery, Fairfield, CT 2002
Charter Oak Gallery, Fairfield, CT 2003
Maine Art Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME- Group show 2003
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2005
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2006
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2007
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2008
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2009
Wynne / Falconer Gallery, Chatham, MA 2009
Ric Michel Fine Art, New York, NY 2009
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2010
Jesse Edwards Gallery, Block Island, RI 2011
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2011
Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY-Group show 2012
Maine As They See It" Group Show, Maine Art Gallery Kennebunkport 2013
Landscape Selections From The Permanent Collection, Guild Hall Museum, Easthampton, N.Y 2013
New Additions to the Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection, East Hampton, N.Y. 2014
Labor of Love, Chrysalis Gallery Southampton, N.Y. 2014

 

Public and Corporate Collections

New York Community Bank, New York
Signature Bank, New York, N.Y.
Bevmax Office Centers, New York, N.Y.
South Trust Bank, Mobile, Alabama
Manhattan Media, New York, N.Y.
Roslyn Savings Bank, Roslyn, N.Y.
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
Nederlander, New York, N.Y.
Charles H. Townsend "Cond'e Nast"