Exhibition Dates: TBD
Currently Based: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ARTIST WEBSITE: DAYNES.COM
Elisabeth Daynes was born in 1960 in Béziers, south of France. At age seven, she took her first drawing and painting classes at a local artist workshop. In 1981 she joined the Salamandre Company of the National Theatre of Lille and worked as a make-up artist, creating her first masks. A year later, she was noticed by German stage director Matthias Langhoff which led her to create her first special effects and starts mastering unique materials like resin, silicone, colorings, and earthenware. After opening her sculpting company in Belleville, Paris, she was commissioned by the Thot Museum in Montignac to create several hyper-realistic reconstructions which included a life-size mammoth and a group of Magdalenian people. It was during this commission that she discovered a passion for prehistory and paleoanthropology. After that, she collaborated more with experts to learn more about paleoanthropology and decipher Human Evolution. In 1991, the opening of the Tautavel Museum dedicated to Human origins in the French Pyrenees which made her nationally famous. From 1997-1999 Elizabeth discovered Tahiti and her Islands in French Polynesia. It was love at first sight. She created The Robert Wan Pearl Museum in Papeete. At the same time, on the other side of the planet, the Australopithecus “Lucy,” maybe her finest hyper-realistic reconstruction, was sent off to Mexico City to be displayed at the National Anthropology and History Institute. She continued to be successful in creating reconstructions including Tutankhamun, which made the cover of 25 international issues of The National Geographic Society magazine. The “King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibition devoted to the young Egyptian pharaoh attracts huge crowds in all major cities of the United States and abroad, and makes her famous around the world. From 2008-2009 Elisabeth Daynès undertook four huge projects in Sweden, Croatia, Spain, and South Korea which involved more than twenty new life reconstructions of extinct hominids, and in 2010 she won the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize in the 3-Dimensional Art category. This is the most prestigious reward given to artists for work related to paleontology. Since then she has displayed her work in ______ etc. etc.