Born in 1947, Daniel Pontoreau lives and works in the Paris region at Acy-en-Multien (Oise) as well as in Asfalou, Morocco.
Pontoreau has developed a love of sculpture over the course of more than forty years. He has taught himself this discipline of art "out of my interest in a wide range of techniques, the physical and spatial organisation of things" (Pontoreau). Working with clay became an obvious choice for him because "you can do (almost) anything with clay; it can be hit, rolled, stretched, dried, diluted, dissolved, broken up, fired, smashed, ground, sanded, polished, mixed, kneaded... or you can even do nothing with it, look at it, collect it in all its' states."
He has exhibited his work throughout France, South Korea, China and Japan, and has completed many public commissions relating to architecture and landscape. His work is owned by several public collections in France and throughout the world.