Born in Roslavl, a merchant family. Here she graduated from secondary school. Then he entered the Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture. At the Academy of fine arts his teacher was the famous painter V. E. Makovsky.
1903 D. N. Runners lived in Smolensk, taught in high school, participated in the work of the Smolensk city Museum, was very familiar to S. P. Sereda, who later became the people's Commissar of agriculture of the Russian Federation, public figure and writer A. W. Jurkevica. In 1915, D. N. Runners moved to Minsk, where he created the portraits of Yakub Kolas, Yanka Kupala and other Belarusian writers. With Janka Kupala he had a great personal friendship.
Since 1922 D. N. Runners lived and worked in Leningrad.