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Dan Rhema: Near Death Journey - Visionary Artist

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(As seen in Forbes) In 1991, Dan Rhema was living with his wife and 3 daughters on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the small town of Santiago Tuxla. At the time, he was president of El Centro, Inc.

During the seasonal rains, an epidemic of Dengue Fever ( Break Bone Fever) swept through the Tuxla Mountain Area. All of his family except his youngest daughter fell victim to the fever.

By the time he arrived at Crawford Long Memorial Hospital, he was well into a delirium caused by the high fever. Later that evening, during a spinal tap, Dan had a near death experience. Dan relates, "I traveled out of my body and began journeying down a long dark tunnel. As I progressed down the tunnel, I remember thinking that I did not want to die without my wife and children being with me. My progress down the tunnel ended and I began the long struggle back to consciousness, one level at a time."

After moving to Louisville, KY in 1995, Dan began to create multimedia collages, sculptures, and masks from his collection of found objects. In 1997 he began to paint, capturing the images flowing through him in a unique three dimensional style. His art has been  influenced by his illness, & his own search for spiritual meaning.