Daniel Schiavone was born in Syracuse, New York where he earned a Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in Studio Art. He then attended the University of Arizona where Schiavone studied with Robert Colescott while getting a Masters Degree in Fine Art. In 1988 Schiavone moved to Baltimore where urban gentrification gradually nudged him eastward from Fells Point to Highlandtown where he lives in a former Moose Lodge with my wife Elizabeth and their two sons .
Schiavone is one of the founders of Creative Alliance, a nonprofit that organizes and promotes cultural activities. By the time he moved to Highlandtown east of Patterson Park the organization had outgrown their space above Margaret’s Cafe so the Creative Alliance moved many of their performances to Schiavone’s building (The Lodge) which had been a hall for the Loyal Order of Moose. This attracted the attention of a group of community leaders working to revive the neighborhood. At a meeting in December 1997 Schiavone proposed developing a large facility modeled on the Torpedo factory in Virginia. After many years and much effort the Patterson Theater was renovated and opened as the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. During this time Highlandtown was designated as an Arts and Entertainment District. The Creative Alliance now employs 17 full time staff, hosts eight artist residencies, and produces numerous musical performances, theater, and art exhibitions along with education programs for children and adults.
Schiavone left the Creative Alliance in 1999 and continued to contribute to the community creating highly visible events for the Highlandtown Community Association including the Highlandtown Wine Festival and the Highlandtown Basement Bar Tour. He served on the Enoch Pratt Anchor Library Steering Committee, and participated as a member of the Patterson Park CDC Board of Directors. Schiavone continues to serve as committee chair for the Highlandtown’s Arts and Entertainment District.
Schiavone’s artistic endeavors span both music and visual art. He has served on and off as Music Director at Our Lady of Pompei Church and he create paintings, drawings, prints, and art books. The later in collaboration with local writers. Schiavone’s paintings and drawings investigate imaginative imagery. Through the expressive use of paint, charcoal, and other mediums he presents a complex mosaic of images. Urgency, immediacy, and sensuality are important elements used to render mysterious narratives. In 1995 Schiavone bound a book in leather, presented to Pope John Paul II during his visit by Catholic Relief Services. He and his wife Elizabeth Lipinski run a gallery in their building exhibiting contemporary art.
Schiavone taught college courses and has lectured on art. At the Maryland Institute, College of Art he served as Special Projects Coordinator where he managed traveling arrangements for Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds and Candlebugs: The Art of Elizabeth Scott. He has written about art and culture and has been published in the New Art Examiner, The Urbanite and other periodicals.
In 1986 Schiavone created the first web-based state arts council database of artists for the Maryland State Arts Council. His experience in technology includes two successful startups. First as a partner for an IT services company that from '03 - '07 grew 100% annually to over $2.5 million in revenue. He is currently a partner at Snake Hill Web Agency creating sophisticated web experiences with an open source platform called Drupal.
The Baltimore Sun described Schiavone as a “renaissance man.” Schiavone says, “That was a smile.”