He was born in Antwerp and became a master of the Guild of St. Luke there in 1654. Between 1666 and 1680 he is recorded in the guild as having pupils. Between 1668 and 1675 he is recorded producing 50 paintings as dozijnschilder for Guilliam Forchondt, who exported these to Vienna. Forchondt later moved to Spain, and is unclear what the relationship is between all of the views of Spain by Van de Velde and his patron Forchondt. Considering the great age of this painter, it is possible that Peter van de Velde is actually two painters, a father and son pair signing with the same name. A child was baptized in Antwerp in 1687. He is known for marines in stormy seas. He died some time after 1723, the latest date discovered in one of his paintings.