Danijel Zezelj, a graphic novelist, painter, animator and illustrator, was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and graduated with honors from its Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. His graphic novels and illustrations have been published in Europe and the USA. In 1993, Italian publisher Editori del Grifo published his first graphic novel Il Ritmo Del Cuore with an introduction by Federico Fellini. Since 1995 he has lived in the USA where his illustrations and comics have been published by DC Comics, Marvel, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, etc. Since 1997, in collaboration with musician/composer Jessica Lurie he created several multimedia performances combining visual art with music. In 2004, he was a resident artist as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and in 2005 the first graphic novelist to have a solo exhibition there. He is the author of two animated movies shown in the 2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival and the Holland Animation Film Festival official selections. He was the 2010 Eisner Award best artist nominee for graphic novel Luna Park (DC Vertigo, story by Kevin Baker).
In 2001, he founded a publishing company and art workshop Petikat in Zagreb, Croatia.
He lives and works in Brooklyn.