André Marchand was born in the Aix-en-Provence region of France on February 10, 1907. He attended the Jesuit School where his father was a mathematics teacher. At the age fourteen, Marchand began to paint landscapes with the use of watercolors. While still in his teens, Marchand left his father to study in Paris.
Struggling for money, he found work as a laborer on a construction site. He continued laboring for four years but regularly visited the Louvre when he could. Finally, he decided that he would follow his dream and become a painter. Going to art school, he worked at the tutelage of Darius Milhaund, Francis Gruber, and Pierre Talcot. Soon he enjoyed success and began to exhibit his works at the Salon d'Automne and Salon des Independants. Marchand then travelled to the Mediterranean coast where he drew inspiration from the coast and produced a series of powerful landscapes.
Marchand lived the rest of his life in Provence where he drew mostly landscapes and still lifes. Marchand's artistic repertoire grew. His traditional style transited into a more modern, semi-abstract style in his artworks. His artworks began to also reflect his admiration for Matisse, almost mimicking his art style.
His paintings can be viewed in museums in a number of cities, including Algiers, Liege, and Paris.