Daniel was born in LouisTrichardt, on the 1st of December 1964. He was born of a Tsonga (Shangaan) mother- Elina Khoza- and a mine emigrant Labourer from Mozambique- Filipe Novela, of Gaza province, Southern Mozambique.He always had a strong interest in art and had begun to draw at the age of nine. In 1998 he was given an opportunity to enroll at the fine arts faculty, Vaal Triangle Technikon for the National Diploma course. In spite of registering late due to financial restraints, he managed to pass all his 2nd year subjects in 1999. In 2000, Daniel completed his 3rd year for National Diploma course successfully and became one of the best students.Daniel is currently busy with B.Tech Degree in Business Administration at the Vaal University of Technology in Klerksdorp Campus. Daniel is married to Frangely and have two children: a girl and a boy. They lived a life of poverty until they met Les and Sylvia Lategaan, who recognized Daniel’s talent and sponsored him and his family in a number of ways: art material, exhibitions, transport to exhibitions, University Fees, Transport to University, clothing, monthly groceries for the whole family. They also helped Daniel build a house for himself and his family.
Daniel has developed a powerful range of techniques and paints subjects that are close to his heart with sensitivity, depth and sophistication. He has participated in a number of exhibitions and community arts projects