b. Los Angeles, CA


Bachelor of Art in Film
UC Berkeley, 1994



Solo Exhibition“Permission To Enter”, L.A. Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA (Upcoming: October 17, 2015)

Group Exhibition “B/W”, juried by Laura Watts, Honor Fraser Gallery, L.A. Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibition “Daniel Leighton: Exclusive Apple Store Event”, Apple Store, Santa Monica, CA


Group Exhibition “Coagula Video & Performance Lounge”, Curated by Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial, Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL

Group Exhibition “Aurora”, L.A. Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition “Pain”, curated by Ted Meyer, University of New England, ME

Group Exhibition Every Angeleno Counts”, curated by Lisa Derrick, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition “Pain”, curated by Ted Meyer, LRC Gallery, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition “POP UP”, WAAS Gallery, Dallas, TX

Group Exhibition “Open Call 2014″, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition “WAAS West 2″, NRG Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA


Group Exhibition “Digital Family Reunion”, Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition “Bridge to the Soul”, Art 4 All People at USC Institute of Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibition“Connecting to Cure”, Featured artist and speaker, Edge Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition“Cross Creativity”, curated by Michelle Berc, Founder of Create:Fixate, Cross Campus, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibition “POP ÜBER ALLES”, juried by Timothy Potts, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibition “WAAS West”, NRG Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA

Solo Exhibition    “Daniel Leighton: Opening Up”, WAAS Gallery, Dallas, TX

Solo Exhibition   “Painting the World with Daniel Leighton”,  Apple Store, Santa Monica, CA


Group Exhibition“Portals”, AY Atelier, Malibu, CA


Group Exhibition “The Berkeley New Wave” (“The Tree of Us”), curated by Jeffrey Skoller and Dušan Makavejev, Pacific Film Archive,  Berkeley, CA


Group Exhibition “In The Eyes of the Beholder” curated by B. Ruby Rich, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA


Group Exhibition“East Bay Video Festival”, UC Theater, Berkeley, CA


"My paintings emerge from an exploratory journey of physical pain and trauma. Guided by my biological and emotional nuances, I engage in a feedback loop of reaction between body, heart and image. Detachment from feeling leads to mental, physical and societal illness.  My quest as an artist is to journey inward to free myself of these ills and return to express what I have discovered.

My tools are an iPad, a few select apps, a stylus and various brushes specially designed to work with the iPad.  I can adjust paint and water load, brush and bristle shape.

Augmented reality, which is viewable via an app, allows me to create another dimension of visual, aural and emotional movement when a viewer interacts with one of my pieces.

I produce a final print by using extensive manual enlarging methods and color processing."

Publications As Author

Huffington Post, On Trial: Judgment vs. Expression, June 11, 2014

Huffington Post, Art Words: Holding it Together, October 30, 2013

Huffington Post, In the Cave — Going Into Darkness, October 6, 2013

Huffington Post, Tied Up At The Hospital, July 11, 2013

Huffington Post, Opening Up, May 24, 2013