He is painter, printmaker, and photography artist. He studied in the University of the Philippines, under Fernando Amorsolo. He also studied at University of Santo Tomas at the L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1951, he won First Prize in both oil and watercolor competitions at the AAP. He held his first local one-man show at the PAG in 1957. His early works were grotesque and surreal. He is best known for his looming seascapes of Paranaque and Manila where biomorphous forms are laid out like piles of lonely derelicts. He renders them in finest calligraphic strokes and splashes of transparent color. In 2007 he was awarded the distinguished Cross of Isabela for his outstanding accomplishments in the arts by the Spanish King, H.R.H Juan Carlos I. In 2006, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo awarded him the Presidential Award of Merit.