Initially trained as a letter painter (a lost profession which consisted of creating frescoes and writing on shop fronts), Olivier Daunat began painting with oil but quickly had to give it up due to serious allergies. While simultaneously working in his new job as a care assistant, he started working intensely with pencil on paper, fueled by his obsession and fascination for the city and its complexities. On large formats, he composes very dense urban universes made of real and imaginary machines, saturated industrial areas, huge railway stations and industrial wastelands. "I like it when it's dense, saturated. I want it to be almost noisy,” he says.
Daunat's work has been presented at the Musée de la Création Franche in Bègles and in various galleries. In 2019, a monographic exhibition was devoted to his work at the Musée des Arts Buissonniers.