In 1929, André Brasilier was born in Saumur, France. He comes from a long line of painters and spent much of his childhood growing up in Meigné-le-Vicomte. Brasilier studied at Saint-Louis de Saumur Collège and at Collège de Saint-Erembert in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. In 1949, he became a student of Maurice Brianchon at l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris. Brasilier received the Florence Blumenthal Prize, the first of many awards, in 1952. The following year he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome launching his professional career. This enabled him to live through his art, an experience which he called a “privilege.” Brasilier lived and worked at the Villa Medicis until 1957.
After extensive travels throughout Europe, Brasilier had his first one man show at Galerie Drouet in Paris in 1959, with subsequent exhibitions in New York, Tokyo and Caracas. Like Picasso, he spent much time in Vallauris, executing ceramics and had an exhibition of this work in 1979. In 1980, the artist had his first retrospective at the Château de Chenonceau in France, and in 1992, Jacques Chirac organized an exhibition entitled, “Brasilier at Bagatelle”, in conjunction with the release of his catalogue raisonné of lithographs. His last major exhibition was held at the Château de Vascoeuil, in Normandy in the summer of 1996. Brasilier’s recognition has been championed by exhibitions worldwide.