ABOUT ME: Who is Daniela Macaya?
Born and raised in Costa Rica, I have grown great admiration for the ocean and its beautiful life. However, every time I go to the beach I see firsthand the increasing amount of contamination and its toll on marine life. I vividly remember an eye-opening experience in 2014 in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Crouching beneath the bushes, I could hear my heartbeat. My family and I were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the giant leatherback turtles. Despite it being one of the world’s prime nesting sites for these prehistoric giants, we waited all night but were never able to catch a glimpse of them. How could we? They are dying, poisoned by obscene amounts of plastic waste at sea, victims of trawl fishing and rising temperatures - all devastating effects of human avarice and inaction. Only twelve, I was engulfed with a profound sense of loss. Seeing ocean life plummet in front of my eyes was devastating and I decided I wanted to help.
Art has been my outlet and megaphone since I was 8 years old. Wanting to do something meaningful with my talent and help what I love the most, the ocean, I created "Painted by Dani" (followed by many other environmental initiatives featured on this page).
Save our oceans before it is too late!
10% of earnings will be donated to Fundación Amigos Isla del Coco (FAICO)