The French painter Pierre Gauthier, known as Pierre Gartier, was born June 26, 1930 in Valence
He studied at the Beaux Arts in Lyon where he was a student of Swoboda and of Bissières. He also studied at the École du Louvre.
He received the Prix Abd-El-TIF in 1960. This prize, formerly awarded by the Company of French Orientalist Painters and allowed artists to stay and work for a year or more in the Villa Abd -El-Tif in Algiers. Growing insecurity in Algeria at that time meant that Gartier was in fact the last painter to live and work at the Villa.