Pierre Ambrogiani was born in Ajaccio, Corsica. He grew up in the port of Marseille, where at the age of 12 he became a telegraph boy. It was not until 1937 that Ambrogiani decided to devote his life to art, like his brothers Pascal and Toussaint (who worked as Toussaint d'Orcino) and sister Helene. Pierre Ambrogiani established his name with still lives of the fish of the Mediterranean and Provencal landscapes. He received the Prix International de la Biennale de Menton in 1951, the Grand Prix des Peintres Temoins de leur Temps in 1967, and the Prix du Gemail in 1968. There was a major retrospective of the art of Pierre Ambrogiani at the Musee de la Vieille Charite de Marseille in 1973, with an important catalogue. See also Andre Alauzen, Pierre Ambrogiani, sa vie, son oeuvre, 1985.