Danuta Mayer studied at the Central School of Art and Design (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London.
Following her degree she painted and travelled, and campaigned to improve the status of animals in society. In her late twenties she began a career in illustration that has spanned many years.
Her work has been largely in publishing, illustrating books both for children and adults, but she has also worked in the corporate and design sectors. Clients have included Walker Books, Bloomsbury, Barefoot Books and the Folio Society, and her work has been published worldwide. Many of her paintings are held in private collections in the UK and abroad.
While her paintings for children are rooted in her memories of a childhood immersed in books, drawing on the magic of storytelling and a love of the natural world, her personal and private commissioned work embraces wider concerns about our relationship with animals and the environment, the passage of time and the cycle of life. She works using various mediums, all vegan/animal-free. Danuta lives in London with a fluctuating number of rescued dogs, birds and other animals.