Born in Canton in April 1921, and immigrated to the United States in 1931, settling in St. Paul, MN. He died in New York in June 2013.
Began his art studies as a teenager at the WPA Federal Art Project; continued his studies at the St. Paul School of Art, and the WPA Graphic Workshop at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN
In 1941 he received a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York and also studied at the Hofmann School
During World War II he worked as an aerial reconnaissance photographer in China and Southeast Asia.
He began his teaching career in 1951 with painting classes at the University of Minnesota. In 1954 he opened a summer school in Provincetown and taught painting, drawing and printmaking for 20 years
His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum and the New York Public Library.