Jean Pierre Cassigneul was born in Paris in 1935. He studied art at the Académie Charpentier in 1954 and then under Jean Souverbie, who had cubist influences in his work and was the head professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A year later, Cassigneul enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to continue his training.
Between 1956 and 1960, Jean Pierre Cassigneul was instructed by Chapelain-Midy and worked in his studio. During this period, he held exhibitions in Paris, including the Galerie des Beaux-Arts and was appointed a member of the Salon d’Automne. By 1965, he met Kiyoshi Tamenaga, who would become his art dealer in Japan. He first showed his work at the International Exhibition of Figurative Art in Tokyo and would show there many more times throughout his career. Cassigneul also began creating lithographs around this time.
In 1968, Wally Findlay becomes his dealer in the United States. Throughout the 1970s, Jean Pierre Cassigneul exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. His work was illustrated in several books, including “Les Pièces condamnées” by Charles Baudelaire and “Le Tour de Malheur” by Joseph Kessel.
Jean-Pierre Cassigneul is a painter, lithographer, engraver and illustrator. He creates beautiful portraits, often of young woman in hats with flowers and fruit. He has also created murals, designs for tapestries and even painted an occasional table in the Louis XIV style. He is strongly influenced by expressionist painter, Kees van Dongen, especially for his dramatic portraits that incorporated bright, vivid colors.
His work was exhibited frequently and consistently throughout his career and Jean-Pierre Cassigneul created several commissions for theaters, hotels and even for the city of Nagasaki. In 2005, at the age of 70, an exhibition was organized to celebrate fifty years of work that traveled throughout seven major cities in Japan.