Student, Black Mountain College, Ashville, North Carolina, 1944. Associate of Arts, Pratt Institute, 1946.
Art director, Conde Nast Publs., Irving Serwer Advertising Agency, Carl Reimer Advertising Agency, Morey, Humm & Johnstone Advertising Agency, Dowd Redfield & Johnstone Advertising Agency, 1946-1956; art and copy group supervisor, Grey Advertising, 1956-1966; vice president, Richard K. Manoff Advertising, 1966-1969; proprietor, Ernest Costa Photography, Inc., 1969-1973; public, Creative Foods Inc., 1973; art editor, House & Garden Magazine, New York City, 1973-1976; art editor, Interiors and Residential Interiors Magazine, 1976-1979; advertising manager, Americana Center, 1979-1991; advertising manager, The Fine Arts, since 1992; instructor advertising design, New York City Community College.
Active Bridges Inc. Hot Line, Little Neck, New York, Little Neck Beautification Committee. Chairman Prospect Avenue Block Association. Member media committee Marriage Encounter.
Chairman cultural committee Americans of Italian Heritage Inc. Co-chairman Welcome Home committee St. Anastasia, 1979. Board directors Douglaston Civic Association.
Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Art League, Catholic Fine Arts, Southampton Artists, United Federation College Teachers.
Married Judith Ann Petrella, December 26, 1953. Children: Deirdre Ann, Christopher Robert.