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Daniel Holfeld

From 2008 to 2020, Daniel Holfeld worked on refining his skills in fashion and commercial advertising photography. Engaging in commissions, he assumed diverse roles such as art direction, content creation, brand development, management and strategic planning. Daniel successfully conceptualised and executed campaigns for prominent luxury clients and international publications around the world. 

Today Holfeld focuses entirely on his artistic practice which revolves around the meticulous exploration and reinterpretation of architectural surfaces, presented as captivating painterly abstractions. Drawing inspiration from the crisp and vivid aesthetics of modernist painting, he skillfully transforms these studies into compositions rich in colour and geometric form. At the core of his creative journey is a passionate pursuit of what he terms 'emotional architecture'—a belief that emotion serves as a nonverbal, sensory language intrinsic to our perception of reality. According to Holfeld, delving into the emotional aspects of our surroundings is essential for understanding their deeper meaning.

His abstract portraits of spaces he encounters are marked by a deliberate ambiguity, inviting viewers to engage with the artwork on a personal level. Holfeld sees this ambiguity as a key element that stimulates the viewer's brain, encouraging them to actively participate in 'completing' the artwork. This openness to interpretation results in a unique and individualised experience for each observer, as commonalities in artistic expression are discovered in distinctive ways.


Through this visual exploration, Daniel endeavours to shine a transformative light on architectural photography, pushing the boundaries of perception and encouraging a deeper connection between the observer and the built environment.

Holfeld's artistic prowess has garnered recognition and acclaim, with awards from prestigious platforms such as PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Awards, The International Photography Awards, MonoVisions Black and White Photography Awards, Budapest International Foto Awards, and Tokyo International Photography Awards, affirming the impact and excellence of his contributions to the world of visual art.

Solo Exhibition

2022, Conveying Space, MoLi UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, Dublin

2021, Conveying Space, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin

2020, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Space Between, London

2020, The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, The Space Between, Dublin

2018, Art & Style, Selfridges Brown Thomas, Dublin, Ireland

Recent Group Shows

2022, Photo Ireland Festival, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

2022, Photo London, Somerset House, London, United Kingdom

2021, BBA Gallery Photographic Prize during Berlin Photo Week, Berlin

2021, Art Without Walls, Campari X Affordable Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

2020, The Performer, Millepiani, Rome, Italy. 
2019, The Royal Art Prize, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

2018, The Other Art Fair hosted by Saatchi Art, London, United Kingdom


University College Dublin Permanent Collection

Royal Institute of British Architects Permanent Collection
Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce Permanent Collection



2023, Tokyo International Foto Awards, Architecture/Buildings - Silver

2022, Tokyo International Foto Awards, Fine Art/Abstract - Gold

2022, Tokyo International Foto Awards, Jury Top 5 Selection

2022, Budapest International Foto Awards, Fine Art/Architecture - Silver

2022, PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris, Fine Art/Architecture - Gold

2021, Budapest International Photography Awards, Fine Art-Abstract, Gold

2021, Budapest International Photography Awards, Fine Art, Second Place Win 

2021, Agility Award, The Arts Council of Ireland

2021, International Photography Awards, Abstract Architecture, Honourable Mention

2021, PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris, Architecture/Buildings - Silver

2021, PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris, Fine Art/Architecture - Silver

2020, ITSLIQUID, Artist of the Month, July 2021 Winner

2021, MONOVISIONS Photography Awards, Honorable Mention - Series, Architecture

2020, International Photography Awards, Abstract Architecture, Second Place Win 

2020, ELLE Decor Italia Top 24 Most Beautiful Architecture Photographs of 2020

2019, International Photography Awards, Honourable Mention


2020, University College Dublin, Dublin


Daniel Holfeld grew up in Ireland and graduated with a BA [Hons] degree in photography from Dublin’s Institute of Technology in 2008. 



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