Andre Vignoles was born in Clairac in south-western France in 1920. He showed an early talent for drawing and later studied painting with a student of Flandrin, an early Fauve painter. After World War II, Mr. Vignoles lived for a time in Vallauris, working in ceramics (like Picasso) and painting in his spare time. Here he met Pierre Bonnard, who advised and encouraged the young artist. In 1946,Mr. Vignoles moved to Paris. He sketched at l’Academie Libre de la Grande Chaumière and at the Louvre, studying nature and perfecting his drawing and use of color.
In 1948 he began to exhibit in the Salon d’Automne. In 1949 he won honourable mention in the competition for the Hallmark Prize. The French government made its first purchase of one of his paintings in 1952, and since then others have been purchased by both the French state and the City of Paris. His first one man show in Paris in 1955 was followed by a series of solo exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, and Chicago.