May 21–June 7, 2025
Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU • Bass Performance Hall • Fort Worth, Texas USA
Paul Lewis, jury chairman

“Chromesthesia” by DAAS

The Cliburn is proud to announce the official artwork of the 2025 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The signature design features “Chromesthesia” by internationally renowned, Texas-based muralist DAAS; the piece was originally commissioned for the Cliburn’s first-ever mural, painted in May 2022 at 113 South Main Street in Fort Worth’s vibrant Near Southside. The mural was a lasting gift to the city of Fort Worth and a celebration of the Cliburn’s 60th Anniversary. Now the Cliburn is pleased to share the gorgeous piece with the world, prominently featuring it in all materials related to the Seventeenth Cliburn Competition, set to take place May 21–June 7, 2025, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. 


DAAS is a contemporary artist, internationally recognized for his vibrant, engaging paintings and murals. Based in Austin, Texas, DAAS’ mural work utilizes a combination of abstract and representational imagery, driven by a distinct color palette and design aesthetic which incorporates bold shapes and organic forms saturated in vivid colors, to create larger-than-life artworks focused on bringing a sense of beauty and inspiration into the surrounding space.

His artwork and murals can be seen around the world in countries including Japan, China, Portugal, Italy, Jordan, USA, Nepal, and the Dominican Republic.

“I believe the purpose of public art is for the enjoyment of everyone and consider it to be an inherent responsibility of myself as a public artist to make a sincere effort in understanding the community and environment in which the artwork will reside; in order to reflect the values of the people who live there and will view the work on a daily basis. Through my artwork, I hope to inspire, encourage and most importantly, create something that will be beneficial to the wellbeing of the community.” – DAAS