Danny Markey spent his foundation year at Falmouth School of Art from 1983 to 1984 and then went on Camberwell School of Art, graduating in 1987. In 1987 he received first prize in the South Bank Picture Show at the Festival Hall in London and the same year won the Richard Chamberlain Memorial Prize at the Camberwell School of Art Painting Competition that held in the South London Art Gallery. In 1993 he was nominated prize winner at the London Annual Show at the Barbican, London.
Since 1986 he has exhibited extensively. Twice in group shows at the Sue Williams Gallery in London and five solo exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery in London. He has also had a solo show at The Charleston Gallery, Sussex in 1995 and a retrospective of paintings and watercolours at The Old Jail House in Albany, Texas in 1997. In 2000 he showed three times at the RWA.
Commenting on influences which have affected his work, he names Matisse, Hokusai, Rembrandt, Rothko, Assyrian reliefs and Piero della Francesca as possible sources. Films, books and music are as significant an influence as painting.
'I was probably influenced by the Cornish landscape and my father's paintings which I grew up surrounded by. When I first went to college I wanted to be a new British Edward Hopper and his vision is still in my work somewhere even though I don't admire his work as much as other twentieth century artists. I love the paintings of Richard Diebenkorn as much or more than anything by any artist who has been around while I've been alive.'