Van Mallery was born and died in Antwerp. According to the RKD he was a pupil of Philips Galle and became a member of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1585. He travelled to Rome in the years 1595-1597 and when he returned to Antwerp he became a master in the guild in 1597 and married Catharina Galle, the daughter of his teacher on 10 January 1598. They named their son also Philips. From 1601 he worked both in Antwerp and in Paris. In 1620-1621 he became deacon of the Antwerp guild and in 1626 he lived in the Keyserstraet. He became the teacher of his son Philips de Mallery and the engraver Michel Natalis.