Anderson was born June 19, 1955 in Minneapolis Minnesota, daughter to Kinsey Anderson and Lilica Anderson, sister to Sindri Anderson. Kinsey became a professor of Physics at the University of California Berkeley where the family moved in 1960 and Danae was raised. She completed her BFA studies in Textile Arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1978 and her MFA in Plastic Arts at San Jose State University in 1988. Although she focused on visual arts in school, she has studied multiple dance forms since the age of 5. Movement has a huge influence in her visual work.
Anderson has been commissioned numerous Public Art Projects, awarded Arts in the Schools positions, received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant anda Fellowship from the Western States Arts Federation. Her work is represented in the collections of Crocker Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, City of Santa Cruz and San Francisco, Adobe, Syntex, CSC, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Ritz Carlton, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
She presently works and lives in Truckee California where she paints, skis, backpacks, rock climbs, hikes, paddleboards, swims, dances, and more! She is a very proud mother of an Olympian son and a remarkable coach and outdoor enthusiast daughter.