Artist Daniel Mitsui was born in Georgia, USA, in 1982, and raised in Illinois. His meticulously detailed ink drawings, made entirely by hand on paper or vellum, are held in collections worldwide. Since his baptism in 2004, most of his artwork has been religious in subject. In this work, he attempts to be faithful to the Second Nicene Council’s instruction that the composition of religious imagery is not the painter’s invention, but is approved by the law and tradition of the Catholic Church.
Seeing in the art of the Middle Ages a faithful and vigorous expression of that tradition, he draws much of his inspiration from Gothic illuminated manuscripts, panel paintings and tapestries. He is especially interested in the symbolism and metaphysic presented in medieval art. His other influences include biological illustrations, Japanese woodblock prints and Persian miniatures. By combining medieval principles with different artistic forms, he hopes to demonstrate their universal and enduring relevance.
One of his most prestigious projects was completed in 2011, when the Vatican commissioned him to illustrate a new edition of the Roman Pontifical. Millefleur Press is his imprint for broadsides and books inspired by the work of 15th century printers. He has designed custom bookplates, coloring books, typefaces and fabric patterns.
Daniel lives near Chicago with his wife Michelle (a classical singer and choir director) and their four children. He is currently accepting commissions.