Daniel Daviau (b.1962, Sarlat, France) graduated from the Professional School of Sculpture in Pau, France before continuing his study of Modeling and Sculpture in Paris. Devoting himself to bronze sculptures, Daviau focuses on the representation of animals, especially the endangered species. Distinctly recognizable, Daviau's sculptures are humorous, sensitive, strong and original, with pure lines and composed elegance, demonstrating the superb quality of both bronze casting and "patina" handling.Read More
His work has been featured in major exhibitions including Animal Beauty, Galerie Dumonteil & Xiyunlou, Shanghai, 2018; S|2's, spring exhibition explores non-monumental sculpture of the 20th and 21st centurie, Sotheby's New York, 2013; 100 Animal Sculptures, Bugatti, Pompon, Giacometti..., Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2012; El Arca del Siglo, BBK, Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa Foundation, Bilbao, Spain, 2005; The Sculptures and the Animals in 20th Century Arts, Monnaie de Paris, France, 1999; The Animals, Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, Orléans, France, 1998; Bestiaire, Musée de Jouy-en-Josas, France, 1996, etc.
In 2000, Daviau was awarded the Edouard-Marcel Sandoz Prize, the most important distinction to an artist of the animal contemporary movement Les Animaliers. Other notable awards include a gold medal from the 'Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts' in 2013, a silver medal from Académie Arts Science et Lettre in 1999, and Société des Artistes Français, 1998, etc. In 2001, Daviau became the vice-president of the 'Salon National des Artistes Animaliers'.
More than 250 Daviau's sculptures have been included in private collections and foundations in Europe, America, Middle East, and Asia. Since 2011, the artist has been working on monumental sculptures for worldwide cultural foundations and public spaces. Daniel Daviau is exclusively represented by Galerie Dumonteil.
Text courtesy Dumonteil Contemporary.