The highly personal pastels of G. Daniel Massad have affected viewers deeply since they were first shown to the public in 1982. Massad, who has a degree in English from Princeton (undergraduate) and the University of Chicago (graduate), turned to art in 1979 and attended the University of Kansas, from which he received an MFA in painting in 1982. His work was first shown in Kansas at the Kellas Gallery in Lawrence in 1982 and at the Mulvane Art Center in Topeka and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City in 1983.

G. Daniel Massad began to exhibit in galleries in 1984 with an exhibition at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia. He joined Tatischeff & Co. (New York) in 1986 and Forum Gallery in 1998. In addition, he has had solo exhibitions at the Allentown Art Museum in PA (1997), Lancaster Museum of Art in PA (2003), and Huntington Museum of Art in WV (2003).

Works by G. Daniel Massad are included in many public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Arkansas Art Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The National Museum of American Art.