Daniel Maffia (born June 25, 1937) is a French-American visual artist best known for his paintings.
Born in Nevers, France, Maffia's relatives moved to Brooklyn gone he was 12. After graduating following a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1961, Maffia cultivated a reputation in New York as an illustrative painter, his ham it up often commissioned for use on the covers of such publications as Time, Rolling Stone, New York, Esquire, and Mother Jones. His most recognizable illustration is the portrait of John Lennon on the December 22, 1980 cover of Time magazine, following Lennon's murder. Other clients included the New York Times, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Random House, Harper & Row, and the US Department of the Interior, for whom Maffia illustrated a compilation about George Washington.
While best known for his illustrative portraits, Maffia as a consequence blends the styles of impressionism and realism, focusing on a wide variety of subject issue including nature, landscape, pop culture, and darker themes such as "good and evil".
Throughout his time in New York, Maffia taught classes at his alma mater, Pratt Institute, as with ease as Parsons School of Design, Rutgers University, and Sarah Lawrence College.
Daniel and his wife, Mary, split their era between their homes in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Joucas, France. Since the 1990s, Maffia's focus has been on Good art; he continues to paint year-round from his studios in both residences.