Jean Revol begins to draw and paint in 1942 and produce his first writings and art critics in 1945.

Art critic to the NRF from 1959 he also met well-Jacques Villon, Henri Matisse, Chagall, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, or Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst. He joined Dubuffet in the Company Art Brut. He also met great names of the literature of the time, André Gide, Andre Malraux and Jean Paulhan. His friend, the philosopher Gaston Bachelard defines it: "This is a handful who paints, he is an artist whose erudition is beautiful, the outstanding judgment".

Jean Revol moved to the US in 1966, where he teaches art history at Middlebury College. Lives in New York, he became a member of the American Society of Psychopathology of Expression and is responsible for research on artistic abilities of the mentally disabled. He also founded the Personimages association and its workshops for the mentally disabled. Back in France, he received in 1977 the price of the Lyonnaise Critical. He died in Troyes 2 January 2012.