Daniel Turner was born in 1983 in Portsmouth, Virginia, and lives and works in New York. He completed a BFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute (2006). Recent solo shows include White Cube, London, (2012), The Journal Gallery, New York (2011), Recess Activities, New York (2010), and Jericho Ditch, Isle of Wight, Virginia (2010). He participated in the 5th Prague Biennale (2011). Group exhibitions include New York: Directions Points of interest, Massimo De Carlo, Italy, (2012), The Perfect Man, White Columns, New York (2011), Four Rooms, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2011), Modern Talking, Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania (2012), Colin Snapp / Daniel Turner, Martos Gallery, New York (2011), and Saturn Return, Wall Space, New York (2010).
Turner is a three-time recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award (2004–08), and is co-founder of the artist collective Jules Marquis and the gallery Jericho Ditch. He was visiting scholar at New York University (2009–2010).