Arnold Daghani was born in Suceava, Romania to a German-speaking Jewish family in what was then the borders of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He attended art school in Munich but returned to Romania and work at a publishing house. After escaping a Nazi concentration camp, Daghani painted prodigiously in Romania before emigration to Israel in 1959. He then lived in France 1961-70 and Switzerland 1970-77 before finally settling at Hove, Sussex in the UK. Daghani -working in an expressionist style - felt an isolated figure artistically and much of his work, as a result of his experiences, dealt with darker subjects and feelings. He is, however, becoming increasingly well-known in Romania and elsewhere. UK shows included 'Arnold Daghani, A relentless spirit in art' at Brighton Polytechnic in 1984 and retrospectives at Barbican Centre and Ben Uri Art Gallery, London in 1992. The University of Sussex holds the Daghani archives and his work is also held by the Ben Uri Art Gallery, the National Gallery in Romania and the Museum of Modern Art in Bucharest. A tour of his paintings opened in Zurich, Switzerland in 2004 before going on to Germany, Austria and Romania.
Many of the works held by Red Raven Arts came from the estate of a Romanian friend of Daghani in London, Edith Hecht (or Ditha). They range from 1949 to 1981, spanning much of his career.