The ancient Chinese zodiac is comprised of a cycle of twelve animal signs associated with birth years. They are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Boar.

A person is believed to exhibit behavioral and personality traits, sometimes even physical characteristics, relative to the animal year during which he or she was born.

In the twelve portraits of the "Manimals" series, the artist Daniel Lee interprets the Chinese zodiac in contemporary terms through computer manipulation of photographic images. Each portrait represents the animal sign of that person. The "Manimals" series is composed of twelve 24"X30" Ektacolor prints. The original images were photographed with Ektachrome in medium format camera, then converted digitally and rearranged on a Macintosh computer, using Adobe Photoshop software.

"1949 - Year of the Ox" 24X30 inches, color photograph. Special Event:

"Year of the Ox" was included in the exhibition "Photography and the Human Soul, 1850 - 2000" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999 - 2000.

"Manimals" was included in "Animal Instincts" (below), at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA, 2004.

"Year of the Ox" was included in "Future Face" at the Science Museum in London, 2005.

"Manimals" group was included in "Facing Difference", at National Museum of Natural Science and National Science & Technology Museum in Taiwan, 2005 - 2006.

"Manimals" series will be included in "IN VIVO IN VITRO" at Ergostasio, January - March 2006, Athens, Greece.

©Daniel Lee, represented by O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York. 212 431 3600/
Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo. 3 5501-3203 / East Gallery, Taipei. (02) 2711 9502 / Pata Gallery, Beijing. (10) 6433 5120/
Gallery Now, Seoul. (822) 725 2930/ Tangram Art Center, Shanghai. (21) 6299 9868