Danhui Nai was born and raised in mainland China. As the child of a sculptor and a painter, it is a small wonder that she showed an interest in art at a very early age. When she was five years old, she drew a gymnast while watching a competition. Shortly after that, her father secretly gave her a copied art anatomy book, then banned by the Chinese government. He also taught her how to paint on plaster casts of geometric forms.
She attended evening art classes after school, and then spent four years studying interior design at Wu Xi Light Industry College in China. After college, Danhui Nai moved to New York City where she worked as a textile designer. She studied at the Fashion institute of Technology at night and also took a summer course in French costume and interior design in Paris.
Danhui Nai paints with a variety of media including watercolors, gouache, acrylics, oils and tempera. She uses a layering technique to apply color.
Danhui Nai lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She has a flower garden outside her studio and loves to paint in the garden when weather permits. Her antique roses and other flowers are among her favorite subjects.