Daniel Belardinelli (b. 1961) has struggled with verbal communication, an inability to focus his attention and an addictive personality his entire life. By his mid teens he was a drug abuser and sexually promiscuous. He was expelled from several secondary schools and from college before eventually being diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability. While battling his many demons, Daniel always made art. In this way, he found he could communicate. Making art also calms him. Therapy, Ritalin, and art have helped him to keep his demons (drugs, sex, adrenaline, shopping) at bay. His work generally combines childlike figures with popping eyes and gnashing teeth with boldly written text that is confessional, ironic, philosophical and profane Lately Daniel has been painting entirely with nail polish. His work has been exhibited and collected all over the world (New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Montreal, Geneva). He was included in the “High On Life–Transcending Addiction” show at the American Visionary Art Museum (2002) and has work currently traveling in the museum group show “Revelations and Reflections of American Self Taught Artists” which is being exhibited in museums across the country.