Massimo Danielis was born in 1963 in Neuss, Germany. He first trained in tourism and business management from 1982 to 1987 and then worked for Alitalia in Frankfurt and Nuremburg. During these years he pursued painting as a pastime, trying out artistic techniques and interpretative approaches in a playful yet systematic way. In 1993 Danielis finally followed his calling as an artist and enrolled at the Art Academy in Seville. This was followed by guest studies in Nuremburg and finally as a student at the Munich Art Academy where he completed his Master's degree in 1999.
From 1993 Danielis has worked as a painter, printmaker, graphic artist and illustrator. He uses various printmaking techniques including dry-point, etching, aquatint and lithography. The artist has increasingly moved away from figurative painting and shifted towards abstraction. He divides his time between Pfaffenhofen in Bavaria, Germany and Udine in north-eastern Italy.
For many years Danielis has regularly exhibited his paintings and graphic works in Germany and Italy. He regularly takes part in group shows and international art fairs. His work can be found in numerous private collections and renowned public institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and British Museum both in London; the Fondation Carré d'Art in Vinelz, Switzerland; Espoo Art Museum in Finland; the Museum Meermanno at The Hague in Amsterdam; and the Federal State Library in Munich.