Born in Strumica, Macedonia in 1959, and living in NYC since the early '80s, he attended the School of Applied Arts in his home country before receiving a scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1976. Later, he was also invited to attend the National Academy of Design, where he was awarded another scholarship in 1981. Since then, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe, including Cologne, Regensburg, Brugge, Munich, and Stuttgart. From 1999 to 2001, he resided in the Dominican Republic as an artist in residence and painting teacher at the Altos de Chavon/The School of Design, affiliated with Parsons of NYC. In 2001, he spent a year in Antwerp, Belgium, studying the techniques of seventeenth-century Flemish painters and preparing a series of works, which he exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Macedonia. Currently, he resides and works in Brooklyn, NY.