Gisela McDaniel portrait

Gisela McDaniel

Luminous portraits of collective healing.

"My biggest inspiration is my subjects. The grace with which they move through life inspires and amazes me. I’m deeply honored to have their trust."

Gisela McDaniel’s lush, celebratory portraits are platforms for healing that cherish community voices. As a person of indigenous Chamorro descent and a survivor of sexual assault, lived experience is at the heart of the artist’s creative philosophy. She primarily paints women of colour, non-binary people of colour and survivors of sexual violence. Sourced by word of mouth, each model has control o...

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Gisela McDaniel (she/her) was born in 1995 in Bellevue, Nebraska, and is currently based in Detroit, Michigan.


Named as one of the Fountainhead Artists-In-Residence for 2022, a prestigious residency that has previously hosted artists such as Tschabalala Self and Lauren Halsey.

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In May 2021 McDaniel created Sakkan Eku LA, a multimedia public art project consisting of a mural and soundscapes in Downtown Los Angeles. The project presented portraits of, and interviews with, people native to LA – sharing stories about social injustices they experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collaborations with Gisela McDaniel