Jean Pons was born in 1913 in Paris and died in 2005, He started his career as a lithographer and in 1938 opened his own lithographic studio in Paris. He was soon producing work of such skill that it attracted some of the biggest names in contemporary art resident in Paris at the time. Nicolas de Staël, Serge Charchoune, Robert Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky and Serge Poliakoff all used his studio.
At the same time Jean Pons was also creating his own work which consisted of Expressionist pieces, full of vigor and life. In the early 40’s, he turned towards abstraction utilizing several differing techniques including working in oil, gouache and collage. By the 1950s and under the influence of the New Figuration movement, he began painting figural rather than geometric pieces. He kept his predilection for bright colors although his choice of colors softened gradually. Throughout his career, he was in constant contact with artists from all the great movements of the 20th century: Geometric Abstraction, New School of Paris, Lyrical Abstraction, Cobra, and many others.