Houston performance artist Daniel-Kayne was found dead in “The Temple”, his studio/performance space in Downtown Houston on Monday afternoon. According to an unnamed source who was there when police arrived, he had hanged himself, apparently a suicide, although the cause of his death is still under investigation.
Born in 1968 in Liberty, TX, Kayne had what he called ” a Huckleberry Finn-like childhood along the Trinity River”; he received an MBA from UH in 2000; classes at the Glassell School sparked an interest in creating. In 2006 Daniel-Kayne moved to New York City to continue his studies and partake in an installation/painting residency at the New York School of Visual Arts and shared a room a with a Korean Buddhist Monk at Zen Center on Spring Street. Since 2010, Daniel-Kayne was involved in performance, installation, and sculptural projects at Diverse Works art Space in Houston, ‘The Temple’, Deborah Colton Gallery, and The Orange Show, including ‘A Day with Art’ for AIDS Foundation Houston’s Teen Leadership Forum and designing ‘Notre Soleil’, a public art work in Lyon, France with the Texan French Art Alliance.
“Art is an expression of the soul in physical form, ” was Daniel-Kayne’s mantra, repeated a the top of each page of his website. In a 2008 video interview he says, “Ideally, I would like to enjoy my life, because, this is the time I’m in a physical form, and I don’t know if there’s anything after.”