Dan Tesene grew up in rural Iowa, where, from a young age, he developed a deep appreciation for the beauty and intricacies of nature. Tesene completed his undergraduate degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he became fascinated in the relationships between mechanical and natural systems, manifested through his 3D modeling work. After graduation, Tesene was awarded the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for the Arts and also won the 2005 form•Z Joint Study Award of Distinction for Fabrication. During his fellowship, Dan began analyzing the process of prototyping and the breakdown of forms, which led him to the work of Etienne-Jules Marey and other revolutionary inventors who laid the foundation for this type of thinking. After completing his fellowship, Tesene traveled to Cairo and Alexandria where he participated in the group show Convergence. Tesene now lives and works in New York City.