After studying graphic arts at the école de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, Jean-Paul Deridder lived and worked in Paris, in the Netherlands as artist-in-residence at Haarlem Ateliers 63, and in Berlin. His work has been exhibited primarily at the Micheline Szwajcer gallery in Antwerp and the thomas Zander gallery in Köln.
He has produced two books, Cinema (2007) and Stadt der Kinder, Berlin, City of Transience (2008), both published by Hantje Cantz. In 2010 he curated the American Documents exhibition at the Antwerp Fotomuseum. Since October 2012 he has been the artistic director of the fondation A Stichting in Brussels. There he has organised exhibitions of artists such as Judith Joy Ross, Mitch epstein, Lewis baltz, Max Regenberg, and Jo Ractliffe.