Hébert lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. He is a pioneer in the field of computer art from the mid-1970s on, merging traditional art media and techniques, personal software, plotters, and custom built devices to create an original body of work. He was the recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation and David Bermant Foundation awards. In 2012, he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art.
Hébert produces works on paper, including ink and pencil drawings, paintings, etchings and dry points from polymer and copper plates, and recently digital prints. He also creates sand, water and sound installations, algorithmic visual music, works for wall displays, physics based algorithmic pieces, and many more things. His work has been exhibited extensively and has been frequently juried in the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery. It is present in several museums and institutional collections, including the digital art collections of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Northwestern University, Chicago) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London.)
Since 2003, he has been an artist in residence at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he has organized several Algorists group shows. These shows have included Hans Dehlinger, Channa Horwitz, Roman Verostko (in 2006), Jean-François Colonna, Helaman Ferguson, Casey Reas (in 2008), and David Em, Paul Hertz, Robert Lang (in 2009) (in 2011).
- Lieser, Wolf (2009). Digital Art: H. F. Ullmann Germany. ISBN 978-3-8331-5338-9.
- Faure-Walker, James (2006). Painting the Digital River: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-173902-6.
- Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2008). Drawing With the Mind, Catalog. ISBN 1-880658-28-3.
- Spalter, Anne Morgan (1999). The Computer in the Visual Arts: Addison Wesley. ISBN 0-201-38600-3.
- Varichon, Anne & Rocella, Carlo (2006). Etre Sable: Editions du Seuil. ISBN 2-02-084334-X.
- Wands, Bruce (2006). Art of the Digital Age, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-23817-0.
- Jean-Pierre Hébert's personal site
- "Hébert's bio on the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics site". Archived from the original on 2008-06-14.
- "Jean-Pierre's profile at apple.com". Archived from the original on 2010-09-27.
- "Berlin Digital Arts Museum – lists Hébert among the pioneers of digital arts". Archived from the original on 2008-05-11.
- "Ulysses: Sand As Medium". The Mathematica Journal. 7 (3). 1999. Archived from the original on 2016-03-24.
- "Roman Verostko's notice on Hébert in his "The Algorists, historical notes"". Archived from the original on 2016-09-04.
- Siggraph Art Gallery search for Hébert's references.
- "List of works held by the Victoria and Albert Museum". Victoria and Albert Museum.