Dutch painter, born in Eindhoven. He made apparently simple and spontaneous paintings which were, nonetheless, full of references to literature, art, and mass media. In spite of a superficial resemblance to the Neo-Expressionist painting which was so successful in the 1980s, he located himself more alongside such ironists as Duchamp, Picabia, Magritte, and Broodthaers. In 1985 he held an exhibition entitled ‘Mooie Tentoonstellingen’ (Beautiful Exhibitions), dominated by a motif which can be read both as a bow-tie and a perspectival rendering of the gallery space. In 1987 he suffered a stroke and since then has been unable to paint.
R. Simon, ‘René Daniels’, Artforum International (December 1999)