Andre Vignoles was born in 1920 at Clairac in the southwest of France. He started drawing at an early age and later formally trained in the classics. He was attracted by the art of Cezanne, Van Gogh, and primitive 15th century art.
Vignoles married and initially worked in ceramics to earn his living and devoted his spare time to painting. When he discovered modern art, his admiration of Picasso led him to experiment with Cubism. In 1945 Vignoles met the famous post-impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard. With his advice and encouragement, Vignoles moved to Paris in 1946. In Paris Vignoles contined to decorate ceramics as a source of income, but never stopped painting. The artistic community in Paris during the late 1940s favored cubism and abstraction. Despite his interest in Cubism, Vignoles became “repelled by this type of art he considered to have become too intellectual and decorative.” At the Louvre Vignoles concentrated on studies of nature, perfecting his skills in drawing, as well as mastering the use of color. Having studied the painting of El Greco, Vignoles won a traveling scholarship from the French government to study in Spain.
In 1948 Vignoles began exhibiting at the Salon d’Automme. In 1950 he became a member of the Salon des Independants, 1951 exhibited in the Salon des Jeunes Peintres, and in 1952 the French State made its first purchase of one of his paintings, along with the City of Paris. Additional exhibitions included the Salon des Artistes Francais, Salon des Tuileries, and the Salon de la Societe National des Beaux Arts. Vignoles won the Prix de la Cadiere d’Azur in 1954.In 1955 he had his first one man show in Paris, which initiated more exhibitions not only in Paris, but also in London and New York. Vignoles paints with a richly colored palette, demonstrating creative imagination and an extraordinary craftsmanship. In describing his artwork, Vignoles feels that “the basic function of painting is the effective representation of nature with expression, sentiment and mystery, and to sharing the artist’s personal vision.”
Salon des Independants
Salon des Jeunes Peintres
Salon des Terres Latines
Salon des Grande et Jeune d'Aujourd'hui
Salon des Peintres Temoins de leur Temps
Salon des Artistes Francais
Salon des Tuileries
Salon de la Societe National des Beaux Arts