Born in Turin, I hold a Degree in Humanities from the University of Pisa.
I currently live and work in Florence. Starting with commercial illustration, rendering for architects and urban planners, my field of interest has focused in the publishing. Nevertheless a relevant role in my work is still held by illustrating for advertising, game publishers and public utility.
In publishing I work in fiction and non fiction area. In the children’s book field
I illustrate for other authors, as well as plan and realize books as complete author myself. Published in Italy, France, Greece, Iran, Japan, Spain and Swizerland, I often act as my own editorial planner as well, either of a single book or of an entire series.
In 1988 I was awarded the Andersen-Baia delle favole Prize as best illustrator of that year in Italy for the book Animali Compassati (Compasses Zoo). In 1992 the children jury of the Rodari Prize awarded me the second place for the book Gira e Scopri le Strisce (Turn the page and discover – Stripes).
In the last few years I’m also dealing with painting and sculpture using traditional materials like clay as well as unusual ones like polyester foam.

Awards: In 1988 I was awarded the Andersen-Baia delle favole Prize as best illustrator of that year in Italy for the book Animali Compassati (Compasses Zoo). In 1992 the children jury of the Rodari Prize awarded me the second place for the book Gira e Scopri le Strisce (Turn the page and discover – Stripes).
Collective exhibitions: my work is featured in italian and international exhibitions such “Children’s Book Illustrators” in Nishinomiya and Tokyo 1984 and 1989, “Biennial of Illustration” in Bratislava 1987, “Selected Illustrators Exhibition Prize Catalonia” in Barcellona 1990, “Matite Italiane” at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2000.
Solo exhibition:
1988 “Animali compassati” Pavia (an initiative of the local administration).
2003 “Piccolo trattato di zoologia immaginaria” (Imaginary Zoology Handbook) Florence, at the Meyer Children’s Hospital, in the context of the Meyer Art project.
2005 His “Vitellina di Bue Mischiato”, made for Cow Parade, has been taken into the permanent collection of Meyer Children’s Hospital in Florence.
2011 “Scimmie, Umani ed altri animali” Imola, an initiative of the local administration.
2011 «Compasses Zoo» Staedtler factory headquarter, Nuremberg.
2013 “Il libro disegnato. Sketches and illustrations by Daniele Nannini” Empoli, an initiative of the local administration.
2013 “Hamlet in the jungle” site specific sculptur, Sensus Window, Fiesole, curator Claudio Cosma.
2014 “Installazioni Animalesche” SanT’Orsola, Florence, curator Goffredo Serrini.
2015 “Animal Portraits” Maidoff Gallery, Florence, curator Naomi Muirhead.

I work for

  • Clementoni Giochi
  • Comune di Empoli
  • Comune di Firenze
  • Comune di Imola
  • Dessain et Tolra
  • Edizioni EL
  • Edizioni Piccoli
  • Electa Mondadori
  • Emme edizioni
  • Fatatrac
  • Giunti
  • La Nuova Italia
  • Le Lettere
  • Longanesi periodici
  • MGB-kost
  • Franco Cosimo Panini Ragazzi
  • Prìncipi & Princípi
  • Regione Toscana
  • Sillabe
  • Susaeta