Daniel Malone graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Malone taught at the University of Auckland from 2000 to 2007 before departing for Europe to work full-time as an artist. He works across mediums including performance, sculpture, video, sound, painting, photography, graphic design and ceramics. Malone's work is often considered within the widespread reassessment of 1960s and 1970s conceptual art practice, while consistently applying surprising elements to negotiate this legacy. His practice plays with familiar social and cultural identities and behaviours, often exploring these themes in context-specific and spatially creative ways.
Malone has regularly exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1990s. He co-founded the artist-run space Teststrip and has participated in numerous international exhibitions including: On Reason and Emotion: 14th Biennale of Sydney (2004); The 2006 Singapore Biennale; The South Project's TRANS VERSA: Conversing across the South, Santiago (2006); Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2007); Lodz Biennale (2010).