Daniel Olivas is an artist currently attending UCLA to pursue his MFA in animation. He was born in San Diego and attained his BA’s in Film Studies and Art Studio at UC Davis with a minor in music. In addition, Olivas participated in developing and conceiving various community-based murals. After co-finding ASUCDs Aggie Public Arts Committee, he became chair and held that position to put on exhibitions, community building events, and group murals.
Daniel Olivas has created original works of art for private and public patrons including logo design, illustrations, and promotional animation. Olivas continues to develop his professional career with personal subject matter to connect with others. He has work on display in UC Davis Shield’s Library, and has had paintings exhibited in public installations, films shown in several local screenings, honoring him with the “Best Experimental Film” at the Davis Short Film Festival in 2011, and the “Most Innovative Film” award at the UCLA Festival of Animation in 2015. While Olivas’ emphasis is in stop motion, he constantly pushes his abilities in traditional and contemporary media.