Autodidactic artist born in New York, but of Dominican heritage, he began developing his interest in art at an early age, using comic books as his major artistic influence. During his youth he spent some years in the Dominican Republic, where he began to be influenced by their artistic carnival traditions and the Costumbrista style. As an adult, he attained a B.F.A. in Electronic Design and an M.A. in Art Education, which has led to his research into the history of art, various mediums and techniques, ultimately becoming enthralled and influenced by the 19th century European art movement.