Daniela Montanari was born in Varese, Italy. After the high school, she graduated in architecture at the Politecnico of Milan and she specialized in protection and restoration of historical and architectural heritage.
In 2002, after being classified among the finalists for the second time at the Mondadori Art Prize, she abandoned architecture to devote herself exclusively to the hyper-realistic painting.
Her first solo exhibit was at the end of 2003. At a later time she was invited to different awards including the Michetti, Cairo Comunication and Razzano, and she participated to group exhibitions such as the “New painters of Reality” at the Pac in Milan, the “Contemplations" at Castel Sismondo in Rimini , the “New Italian figuration” at the Fabbrica Borroni in Milan, “Imago feminae” at Palazzo Guidobono in Tortona, “Hyper" at Restarte gallery in Bologna and “I see a pattern” in Charleston, organized by the American gallery Robert Lange Studio. Her work received critic recognition in various magazines such as Art and Dossier, Arte Mondadori, Elle, Juliet, Segno, Frattura Scomposta and Wall Street International Magazine.