Pieter Jansz. Quast was born and worked in Amsterdam. In 1634 he entered the Guild of St. Luke in The Hague. By 1644 he had returned to Amsterdam, where he died. He painted peasant interiors, conversation pieces, soldiers, comic theatrical scenes, representations of the five senses, portraits and landscapes, as well as biblical and historical compositions. He was very influenced by other Amsterdam painters like Anthonie Palamedesz. and Pieter Codde, but also by the French artist Jacques Callot. Some of his drawings were engraved and published by Salomon Savery in the 1630s.