Daniel Cavaliere was born in Philadelphia in 1928, the son of the well-respected artist Raphael Cavaliere. Like his father, Cavaliere enrolled in the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1947 and was awarded their Illustration Award in 1951.
After graduating, Cavaliere served in the Army where he worked for the Stars and Stripes newspaper as a combat artist in Korea. He returned in 1953 to work free-lance for several advertising firms, including N.W. Ayer and Son, and worked on major accounts such as Sunoco, AT & T, DuPont and Black & Decker. During this time, Cavaliere was also painting covers and illustrations for Field & Stream, Philadelphia Magazine, the Today Magazine of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Motor Age Magazine. The artist was also an accomplished portrait painter and received commissions to do portraits of many prominent professionals and business executives in the Philadelphia area.
Among Cavaliere's numerous awards and distinctions are two Awards of Excellence and a Gold Medal from the Annual Philadelphia Art Director's Show, and First Prize at the Chester County Art Association. He also received an Award of Excellence at the 30th Annual Art Directors' Show of Outdoor Advertising Art.
In 1983, the artist was commissioned to do a series of stamps for the World Scout Stamp Collection through the Franklin Mint. Additionally, in 1987, Cavaliere was awarded a commission for the Rittenhouse Hotel that included a fifty-foot mural of Boat House Row along with sixteen other large paintings of Philadelphia.