Ortaire was born in Normandy, France. After studying fine art at Cherbourg he settled in the Bretagne area, where he lives near the sea, with his wife and two children. He exhibited at the Royal Academy of London in 2008 and has galleries showing his work in France, Holland, the UK and Switzerland. Ortaire uses intense pigments to create unique painted fish before suspending them in paraffin and covering them with a transparent resin. Genuine sardine tins are used to create the dynamic between the industrial, mass-produced, everyday object and his hand painted, unique representations of the fish. Using this unusual technique, his work exemplifies the marriage of the commercial and the artisan.