Growing up in the Chicago area during the 1960’s in a large family on a farm, Danny Janotta was exposed to hard work, rural creativity, and blue-collar values. Coming from a background that included uncles who were in the building trade, Danny pursued a career as an architect and received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1978 & 1980. After a small stint at a prominent internationally recognized firm in Houston, Texas, he moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and accepted a position as a Senior Design Architect / Principal at Johnson Fain where he has been there for over 32 years.
Inspired by the creative environment of Southern California, and influenced by the culture & beauty of the beaches, mountains, and deserts, Danny began designing furniture and painting scenes of the Los Angeles area. He enrolled in formal art classes at UCLA and Otis Art Center, developing his technical skills, and began displaying his work in galleries in California and Florida during the late 1980’s.
Danny Janotta’s art is described as “Extreme Coastal”. His paintings capture the light and emotional feeling of Southern California, with color, restrained detail, architectural composition, and perspective. His work has been featured in many magazine articles and he has taught design classes at UCLA and USC. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a prominent designer of major hi-rise buildings, wineries, and residential towers in the USA and Asia.