French painter, son of Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), French cabinetmaker of German birth. His son Lon Riesener (1808-78) was also painter, and he was the uncle of Eugene Delacroix.
He specialized in portraits and was also known as a miniaturist.
He studied with Jacques-Louis David,
and exhibited in Salons from 1793-1827. After a certain success in Paris during the Empire, he worked in Warsaw then became a brilliant court portraitist at the court of the Tzar Alexander between 1816 and 1823.
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