Pierre Bernard was born in Paris in 1942, and studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He also studied poster art for a year at the Academii Sztuk Pieknych in Warsaw with Henryk Tomaszewski. He subsequently obtained his Master's Degree from the Institut de l’Environment in Paris in 1971.
Pierre Bernard founded Grapus in 1970 with two graphic designer friends, Gérard Paris-Clavel and François Miehe, following their shared experience during May 1968. Alex Jordan and Jean-Paul Bachollet joined the group in 1976.
As a collective, the group Grapus received numerous awards and prizes in International Poster Biennales and Triennales (Warsaw, Brno, Colorado, Lahti, Zagreb,Toyama). Grapus received the New-York Art Directors Club Prize in 1987. In 1990, Grapus ended its activities and was awarded in France: Grand Prix National des Arts Graphiques.
Pierre Bernard then founded the Atelier de Création Graphique with Dirk Behage and Fokke Draaijer and designed, among other projects, the visual identities of the Musée du Louvre and the French National Parks.
An AGI member since 1987, he teaches graphic design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Pierre Bernard was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2006, for his work in the area of design for the public domain.