Jacques Gautreau is from Angers, a medieval city in western France. After university he moved to Paris, and also lived for an extended period of time in Germany before returning to Paris, where he remained for most of his adult life. Gautreau is an entirely self-taught photographer, having started his career as a hobby while in his teens.
In 2004 Gautreau moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he works in medical imaging technology . Since his arrival in Knoxville his photography has been exhibited in shows at the Emporium, the Northshore Brasserie, and McGee-Tyson Airport. His work has been awarded by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville, The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Knox Heritage; and has been featured in the Metro Pulse, the Knoxville News Sentinel, and the French art magazine Photo Fan.
Gautreau lives in Knoxville with his wife, Julie, and his son, Sacha.