Daniel J Valadez was born in Santa Clara, California. He grew up in Visalia, central California, where the summers were scorching and the winters left the grass frozen. He made his return years later to the Bay Area. Daniel moved to San Francisco in the spring of 2005 and began studying at the Academy of Art University. After a rigorous three years, in 2008 he received a BFA in Illustration. The years that followed his schooling, Daniel has continuously pursued a career in painting. While currently residing in Benicia, he continues to show and sell his work all around the world.