Jerome is an award-winning French painter and illustrator. His illustrating and painting work ranges from boxing scenes to children's books. Lagarrigue was born in Paris, France to a father who was an illustrator and painter, and a mother who was a journalist and writer. As a child, he was schooled in France, but spent summers in New York, where he now lives. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a major in illustration, in 1996. Two years later, Parsons School of Design made him professor of drawing and painting.