I’m Daniel Ruiz or Dann Valder, and I’m a young architect from Colombia who found in modelling a way to express myself and explore the possibilities of my body in a society that is constantly changing.
I studied half my Architecture career in Colombia where I started in the modelling world too, doing some spot commercials for tv advertisement and pictures for catalogues and promotions. Then I moved to Mexico City, where I took a course for a year with the Erasmus Programme and continued expanding the possibilities of modelling with greater brands and photographers.
After my return to Colombia, I dedicated those two years entirely to my work as an architect but then I decided to have a life change and moved to Barcelona to obtain a Master Degree in Architectural Project Management. Barcelona is where I discovered the real possibilities of the modelling world, getting to shoot with world wide known photographers and brands. It ‘s hard to grow in a media where you find so many models that are walking in your same path but at the same time is a great experience that helps you grow as a person, learning not to fall into the lightness and superficiality of the “good looks”.