I’ve Been Looking For A Punch Bag All Day

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Martyna Daniel is a painter and cinematographer born in Geneva in 1989 from a Polish mom and South American dad. After graduating from Prague Film School specializing in cinematography, she moved to Reykjavík where she currently lives and works in the cultural sector. Martyna co-founded an artist-run space in Reykjavík called Listastofan, which offered a wide range of events including life drawing sessions, creative reading nights, exhibitions and workshops from 2015 to 2019.

As a cinematographer Martyna primarily works with musicians on music videos and promotional album videos as well as other short projects in the cultural sector.

As a painter, Martyna Daniel likes to experiment with aggressive colors, sharp textures, glue and all kinds of shiny items. She uses all the sorts of paint she can find but most of the paintings are a combination of acrylic paint, glue and oil sticks. Her universe is wildly colorful, and people often say her paintings are very loud.


Manager: Martyna Daniel (martyna.daniel@gmail.com)

My paintings are for sale and I take commissions too. I am available for hire as a cinematographer for music videos and other short projects.


Independent artist


I’ve Been Looking For A Punch Bag All Day

I’ve Been Looking For A Punch Bag All Day is a series of large format acrylic paintings that explore aggression and loudness.

This series of paintings was exhibited in Reykjavik in October 2018.

“We love all of our children the same. I am afraid this is not true. Perhaps the reason why I only have one.
I feel bad for the paintings I don’t love. Each one is a battle and sometimes I win and sometimes I loose. Some disappoint me, and some make me proud. I hide the ones that disappoint me but I feel guilty. Should I give up on them or try harder?
Maybe trying to change them into something they are not is a dead end. Maybe just like humans they have their own identity and they will find a loving person who sees the beauty in them. Maybe they are garbage.
Adopt a painting if you love him but some are not up for grabs because I love them too much.”