Born in Cleveland and raised in Miami, Arsham was 12 when Hurricane Andrew destroyed his home. This traumatic event has been a continuous theme through his work. Arsham attended the Design and Architecture High School and was awarded a full scholarship to The Cooper Union in New York City. He received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.
After graduating from school, Arsham moved back to Miami and started an exhibition space called “The House” with several artist friends. Soon thereafter Arsham was invited to create stage design and tour with choreographer Merce Cunningham’s Dance Company leading to ongoing stage design practice and a sustained collaboration with choreographer and former Cunningham dancer, Jonah Bokaer.
Arsham founded Snarkitecture with Alex Mustonen in 2007. The architecture collaboration has included work with fashion brands, interior and architectural design, and a complete line of functional design objects. Some of Arsham’s more recent collaborative endeavors exist in the fashion world. These include projects with brands such as Adidas, Dior, Toraichi, Byredo, Rimowa, and Porsche. The collaboration between Daniel Arsham X Dior SS20 includes apparel, jewelry, accessories, and shoes inspired by Arsham’s sculptures and artwork. Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Bienniale in Athens, Greece, The New Museum In New York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Cincinnati CAC, SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah GA, California and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, France among others.