Paul Simon was born into a family of artists and received his entire education in his neighborhood of Montparnasse, attending art school in order to study architecture.
He joined the Grande Chaumière as part of Antoine Bourdelle’s studio and the Decorative Arts in order to perfect his design. During his training, Paul was influenced by the sculptor RODIN and the ceramist DELAHERCHE.
Enlisted in 1913, then held as a prisoner, his long captivity and the death of his friends would mark him forever. From 1920 onwards, he worked at Sue et Mare and was a member of the Société Nouvelle des Beaux-Arts, the Salon d’Automne and the Tuileries.
On September 17, 1926, he married Élisabeth DERRIEN, and from this union their only child, Corinne, was born. Paul returned to the Jardin des Plantes, but the Second World War would be a cataclysm for him.
His works were exhibited at salons between 1947 and 1955. Encouraged by his friend Édouard SANDOZ, he issued some pieces to the Sèvres factory between 1950 and 1963, tobacco jars.
Paul died in Gassin in July 1979.