Elisabeth Daynes was born in Béziers, south of France.


At seven, she takes drawing and painting classes at a local artist workshop.


She joins the Salamandre Company of the National Theatre of Lille. She works as a make-up artist and creates her first masks. 


She is noticed by German stage director Matthias Langhoff. She creates her first special effects and starts mastering unique materials like resin, silicone, colorings and earthenware. 


Elisabeth Daynès is 24 when she opens her sculpting company in Belleville, Paris.


The Thot Museum in Montignac, near the famous Lascaux caves, commissions several hyper realistic reconstructions: a life-size mammoth and a group of Magdalenian people. She discovers a passion for prehistory and paleoanthropology. 


She collaborates with experts to learn more about paleaonthropology and decipher Human Evolution. In 1991, the opening of the Tautavel Museum dedicated to Human origins in the French Pyreneans makes her famous nationwide. 


She meets Jean-Noël Vignal, a forensic anthropologist at the Forensic Institute of Paris. This is a turning point in her career as a sculptress of early humans. He brings her technology while she perfects her knowledge and expertise in anatomy. In Germany, the success of the Neanderthal Museum and the Geo magazine exhibitions awards her as the best European artist of hyper realistic reconstruction of early humans


She discovers Tahiti and her Islands in French Polynesia. It is love at first sight. She creates 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, flies off to Mexico City to be displayed at the National Anthropology and History Institute. 


She travels to Georgia with an unusual early human couple, the Dmanisi couple, a pair of 1.8 million years old Homo erectus. There, she meets their discoverer, David Lordkipanidze, a world famous prominence in the paleoanthropology field. Another “Lucy” sets out to conquer the United States and draws the crowds at the FieldMuseum in Chicago. 


As an admirer of Rodin and even more of Camille Claudel, she accepts the German Halle Museum’s suggestion to create a 200,000 year old man sitting in the position of “The Thinker”.


Jorge Wagensberg, philosopher, physicist and curator of the “CosmoCaixa”, the Science Museum of Barcelona, presents five of her reconstruction of early humans in an exhibition dedicated to the shapes of nature. 


Elisabeth Daynès exports her talents overseas once more. Her hyper realistic reconstruction of Tutankhamun makes 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. 


The Musee de l’Homme of Paris presents a preview of “Flores”, a creature of Indonesian origins that triggers further debates on the theory of Human Evolution. 

2008- 2009

Elisabeth Daynès undertakes four huge projects in Sweden, Croatia, Spain and South Korea. These involve more than twenty new life reconstructions of extinct hominids that join the hundred or so scattered all around the world illustrating Human origin. Following the success of Elisabeth’s Einstein sculpture, the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian asks her to prepare a sculpture of the young Charles Darwin before boarding the Beagle, for an exhibition commemorating the bicentenary  of his birth.


Elisabeth Daynès wins 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 palaeontology.


The hominids Sangiran 17 and Flores returned to Indonesia, the place of their discovery, thanks to Elisabeth’s work of reconstitution in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, the Ile de France Departmental Museum of Prehistory and the Museum of the Gorges du Verdon devoted solo exhibitions to her, while Lascaux, a masterpiece of prehistory, entrusted her with the reconstitution of four Magdalenian painters for its travelling exhibition.


In the Original Flesh exhibition, entirely designed by the artist, eight giant reliefs displayed the skinless faces of our ancestors, showing the diversity of the human family from its most distant origins. In 2015, the artist bluffed the new MOMU museum in Denmark with her truer than life sculpture of physicist Stephen Hawking.






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