Daniela Montanari was born in Varese, Italy, in 1969. After art school, she graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, majoring in Protection and recovery of historical and architectural heritage.
In 2002, after finishing twice among the finalists of Arte Mondadori Prize, she gave up architectural design to devote herself exclusively to hyperrealist painting.
She had her first solo exhibition in late 2003. Since then, she has been invited to many art contests, including "Premio Michetti", "Premio Cairo Comunication", "Premio Razzano" and she has participated in group exhibitions such as "Nuovi pittori della realtà", "Contemplazioni", "La nuova figurazione italiana" and "Imago Feminae". Her work has received critical recognition in magazines such as Art e Dossier, Arte Mondadori, Elle, Juliet, Segno. Daniela, after having spent long periods in Geneva, has established in France from 2004 to 2008. Currently she lives near Como.