Peter Chevalier was born in Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg) in 1953. From 1976 to 1980 he studied painting at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig under Hermann Albert and Alfred Winter-Rust. He moved to Berlin in 1981. In 1985 in Hanover he was awarded the Sprengel Prize for Fine Art of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung. In addition, from 1992 to 2019, he taught as professor of painting at the State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart. Chevalier lives and works in Berlin and Stuttgart.