Daniel Szalai (born 1991) is a Hungarian artist. His projects investigate peculiar manifestations of human-animal relationships and reflect on societal, political and economic anomalies. He mixes different media in his artistic practice and also works with spatial installations. Szalai studied photography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design Theory. Szalai is a member of the Carte Blanche Collective, the Studio of Young Artists’ Association and the Studio of Young Photographers, Hungary. He lives and works in Budapest.

EDUCATION
2017 - 2019 · Photography (Master of Arts), Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary
2018 - 2019 · Photography (Erasmus Scholarship), University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
2009 - 2012 · Art and Design Theory (Bachelor of Arts), Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary
2011 - 2012 · Integrated Design (Erasmus Scholarship), Köln International School of Design, Cologne, Germany
2007 - 2009 · Fotográfus.hu – Foundation for Hungarian Photography, Budapest, Hungary

AWARDS
Selected artist for Futures Photography 2020
Nominee for C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020
Emergentes 2020 - International Photography Award Encontros da Imagem - Finalist
József Pécsi Photography Grant 2020
Getxophoto Open Call 2020 - Finalist
Blurring the Lines 2020 - Special Mention
LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2019
ON Award 2019
Gibellina PhotoRoad 2019 - Call for Projects Winner
Rector's Award - MA Graduate of the Media Institute in 2019, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal 2019 - Finalist
Nominee for Prix Pictet Commission 2019
Carte Blanche Award 2018, Paris Photo
Selected artist for PARALLEL - European Photo Based Platform, 2nd Cycle, 2018
1st prize at Budapest Portfolio Review 2018, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest
Selected artist for BredaPhoto 2018 International Talent Program

MEMBERSHIPS
2020 - · Studio of Young Artists’ Association
2018 - · Carte Blanche Collective
2012 - · Studio of Young Photographers, Hungary

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2020
Daniel Szalai: Novogen, PHOTOIS:RAEL, Tel Aviv, Israel 
The Elevator Chats - International Exhibition by Futures and Capa Center at Art Market Budapest 2020, Hungary

Szalai Dániel: Stadtluft, FFS Overview #3, K.A.S. Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
Daniel Szalai: Novogen - ON Award 2019 Winner, OFF Bratislava, Slovakia
Lost and Found, Fofoto, Budapest, Hungary

2019
The Light from our Side Shines Differently – Parallel Review Lisboa 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
mixing/ Memory – exhibition by BredaPhoto, Yangzhou Cultural Center, China
LensCulture Discoveries 2019, Galerie Joseph, Paris, France
New Translation, Galéria Alfa, Kasárne/Kulturpark, Kosice, Slovakia
Hurt Locker by MOME, OFF Bratislava, Slovakia
Zeitgeist – Parallel Intersection Budapest 2019, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, Hungary
Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Supernatural - Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Fotofestiwal 2019, Lodz, Poland
Instinct, Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Daniel Szalai: Novogen, Budapest Park - Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, Hungary
A Fork in the Road, Foto Wien Festival Centre, Vienna, Austria
Conditio Inhumana, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2018
Let’s Play, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, Hungary
Carte Blanche Étudiants, Gare du Nord, Paris, France
Parallel Intersection Zagreb, Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
To Infinity and Beyond, BredaPhoto 2018, Breda, Netherlands
Novogen by Daniel Szalai, Capa Center at Art Market Budapest 2018, Hungary
Nyitások, B32 Galéria, Budapest, Hungary