Jean-Pierre Cassigneul was born in Paris in 1935. When he was merely 17, the Galerie Lucy Krogh in Paris held Cassigneul’s first private exhibition, a major accomplishment for an artist so young and untrained. Shortly following this milestone, Cassigneul began his formal stud of art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the tutelage of Jean Souverbie, later apprenticing in Roger Chapelain-Midy’s studio as well.
During this period in his early twenties, Cassigneul split his time between studying and creating art and exhibiting his work in Paris and other cities. He became known for his enigmatic figures and his beautiful Van Dongen-eqsue portraits. At only 24 years old, Cassigneul was appointed as a member of the Salon d’Automne, and his position in the artistic world was ossified.
Highly influenced by the early 20th century French Nabis artists (including Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard), Cassigneul’s striking compositions utilize color and composition in unique and beautiful ways, creating high demand for his work. He was commissioned to illustrate several books, including Joseph Kessel’s Le Tour de Malheur, and further established his abilities as an artist.
Throughout his artistic career, Cassigneul’s work has been displayed extensively in galleries, salons, and art shows all over the world – including Europe, Japan, and the United States. Today, he continues to show his works in numerous galleries across Asia and the U.S., at Findlay Galleries as well as galleries in Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto and Hong Kong.