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A True Modern Artist



Daniel Allen Cohen Kivo Daily

Books like 48 Laws of Power, or The Alchemist, and The Power of Now are some of the best sellers in the United States and appear on lists of must-reads by some of the most powerful and successful people of our time, including the most trending artist of our time, Daniel Cohen. From unique sculptures and paintings to creative new ways to display photography, Cohen is taking the art industry by storm and there are no signs of the movement slowing down. For the past decade, Daniel has been changing the art game and reinventing the wheel when it comes to mixing business with pleasure. Mr. Cohen has two mission statements in which he guides the principles of his life and business to the success he has had thus far. First, create genuine works of art that are thought-provoking to anyone viewing it. The second is to create something that stimulates a positive reaction while pressing society to question their values and standards. Through this mantra, Daniel has been able to create a movement over the past few years beloved by many and talked about by everyone.


While working full time as a student, and growing his clothing brand, Daniel also worked as a bartender at a restaurant near the University he attended. While there a close friend introduced him to a well-known music producer, a fan of Daniel’s art, who commissioned him to make a sculpture which was not only a catalyst to push him full time into an art career but added financial stability to do so.


At the age of 29, Daniel decided to jump in with both feet and decided to leave everything behind to peruse his passion and calling. Maxing out multiple lines of credit and investing a small loan from his family into his art career, he took to New York from New Jersey to begin his journey. While drowning in debt, Daniel went with his friends to an art gala in The Hamptons, and in the first weekend sold out, four of his sculptures being bought by the owner of the Miami Dolphins. From there it has been smooth sailing to success. Although Daniel has had success with his art career, he continues to create new and aesthetic pieces not only with sculptures and unique pieces but photography as well. A typical day starts at 5:00 am sharp answering emails, social media messages, collaboration meetings, and prepping a list of daily tasks. After that, it is to the gym to get physically and mentally fired up and then it is straight to the studio. From then until late evening, Daniel grinds his ideas into fruition finishing pieces he has started and created new ones from scratch. At 8:00 pm Daniel heads home to eat, delegate tasks for the rest of the week, collaborate and run meetings, and browse inspiration for his next pieces. Although this busy schedule has been a vehicle to success and perfection of his craft, it is not without sacrifice of personal time and relationships this was achieved. As Daniel coasts were closer to the pinnacle of success in where he wants to be, he hopes to continue to grow his business and start a few other ventures along the way while building relationships with his friends and family from the time lost in his dedication to the craft.


It is easy to see him emulate his inspiration, Elon Musk, through his hard work, dedication to his craft, ability to manage risk, and use his calculated relentlessness and tenacity to achieve his goals. For those looking for inspiration to create or achieve the same way Mr. Cohen has, he has a few words on inspiration to guide you in the right direction. “Inspiration is everywhere you look. From the internet of things and social media to the radio and street art, there is a lot of noise and inspiration everywhere you look. Society is moving at a fast pace and there is a lot of noise so it is how you manage and use the inspiration, not find it”. For those looking to get inspired to start chasing their dreams or reaching their goals, Daniel has a few pieces of advice. First, never burn your bridges, it is not without connections, friends, and family to get to where you want to go. Second, Do what your gut tells you to do, the thing you should trust most is your instinct and to act and execute on those ideas. And lastly, the best has yet to come, never settle for where you are and continue to drive towards your idea of success to reach levels you never thought you could obtain yourself. If you are not already following Daniel’s accounts on Instagram we strongly encourage you to do so. Go follow @thisisaddictive and @feenysphoto to draw inspiration and light up your timeline.


Sean Kelly is the president of Jersey Champs, one of the largest jersey companies in North America. Sean Kelly is a public speaker advocating for young entrepreneurs to pursue business opportunities in America.