was born in the city of Groningen,
Holland on April 10, 1975. He grew up in a middle class
family with a very artistic background on his mother side
of his family (80 % of whom are artists). Though he credits
his mother for his creativity, his obsession with Horror,
which began at the young age of four, is a legacy from his
father. Harry Staal was already a big Fan of Horror, reading
the works of authors like John Sinclair ,Stephen King and
Early works of Clive Barker.
Covers of those books inspired Daniel in his earlier works
While attending kindergarten the first thing he penciled
was an image of a human skull. The sight of his teacher's
face was memorable, a look of shocked horror. Seeing her
expression he wondered how she could be so shocked by something
What's not Real, that only existed on paper. Daniel became
fascinated by the psychology of horror imagery at the tender
age of five. At the age of eleven he painted his entire
bedroom wall in the likeness of Castle Gray Skull (masters
of the universe). His mother was not pleased with the new
look, but she appreciated her son's creative mind and skilled
hand, and still supports his artistic endeavors.
the age of 9 he had his first visionary nightmare after watching
That nightmare evolved constantly, providing images for many
early drawings. It was one of those dreams that later inspired
the NecroDrome mutant Demons. Sixteen years later he watched
Video Drome for the second time, and it's still his favorite
pre-teen, Daniel would invite neighborhood friends over to
presentation of the House of horrors which was done from his
bedroom, and was created from household material and altered
to Demonic symbolic constructions.
Between the ages of fifteen and nineteen he abandoned his
hobby work. Much of the blame falls on too many life changes.
Many of his good friends moved away, and he was forced to
change schools. His parents and grand parents divorced. One
of his friends died of a heart attack, a Cousin and Aunt committed
suicide. Daniel's reality became cruel, and depression followed.
To him the real world became a living hell, full of dumb Racism
and prejudice, a world ran by hypocrites he not understand.
Daniel became angry, violent and Suicidal.
his cry for help was answered. His Dad
came through for him, convincing him that the world isn't
that bad, reminding him that he was always a Dreamer before
his friends moved away. He always created his own dream world
that never could harm him however creepy his creations were.
From that time Daniel began to heal, suffering only the normal
teenage maladies. He does not regret the bad times, what's
happened has happened, and those experiences have made him
the man he is today.
his feet on the ground on the age of twenty-one, Daniel studied
Digital art. After watching the making of First Contact (Star
Trek 8) he began work on his own Star Trek chapters on his
home computer. The Borg and similar creations inspire him
to make his first biomechanical artworks (unpublished).
Biomechanical ART has always been his
favorite medium, becoming clear in his mind, and for the first
time he saw the link between the Borg and the Originaters
biomechanical art (see also Biomechanical
art H.R.Giger ). Daniel created the Originaters Artwork
work in 3d art form (Dark Seed 3), but they never planned
a sequel. Daniel quickly decided to create his own visions
and nightmares real in art form, then accomplish already invented
love for horror and science fiction was reborn.
He credits as mayor Visual influences to
H.R.Giger, David Croneberg, and Clive Barker.
His favorite inspirational musicians are
Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Monster Magnet, and Body Count
Some of his artwork inspired by those musicians are published
on those big names original websites such as
that time Daniel knew he had potential and began working hard
to make his vision real.
Daniel's success has earned him attention from other artists
like Robert Venosa, Demetrios Vakras,
and many others like Horror writers and movie makers, and
little by little he has gathered a legion of Fans.
Who give him purpose to continue working. The artist uses
not only digital art,
but also hand drawn paintings (oil, acrylic, airbrush, etc.)
to create his dark visions.
Daniel Staal is still to this date unsigned by any label or
He works as a freelance artist for anyone who wants him.
by :Brian Knight