Jean Marzelle studied first at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier, then in Paris. He was accepted for the first time at the Salon d’Automne in 1942. Influenced by the work of Cézanne, Mazelle has painted works of powerful lyricism bordering on the abstract, marked by the colors and the quality of light of the western Mediterranean. Like many of his generation, he sought to rationalize the advances of contemporary art with realism. He was associated with Denoyer de Ségonzac and Jaques Villon, later establishing a friendship with more abstract artists such as Edouard Pignon and Olivier Estéve. He has won prizes at competitive expositions in France, has had one–man shows in Paris (many, beginning in 1953), Geneva (1958), New York (1953) and elsewhere. In addition to his paintings, Mazelle has worked on commission in mosaics and stained glass.