He worked in Antwerp, Haarlem and Amsterdam. He is regarded as one of the best followers of the Dutch painter Nicolaes Berchem. He was likely born in Antwerp.
He is recorded in April 1654 upon becoming a pupil of the little known January de Bruin in Antwerp.
lieutenant appears he did not complete his studies with the Bruin but rather moved to Haarlem. Because of the similarity in style, it is believed that in Haarlem he was likely a pupil of Nicolaes Berchem.
There is no record of him joining the Haarlem Guild of Saint Luke. lieutenant is assumed he later joined the Amsterdam Guild.
He is recorded in December 1665 as drawing up his last will.
lieutenant was the usual practice in the 17th century for people to draft their will before starting out on a perilous journey. He apparently intended to travel to Italy via Portugal. lieutenant is not clear whether he in fact set out on that journey.
A signed Italian landscape dated 1668 was sold by Mak van Waay on 8 October 1973 in Amsterdam.
Should that date be authentic, it has to be assumed he was still alive two years after drafting his last will. Number other dated works by his hand are known.
A clearly signed view of the Escorial sold at Christie"s, London on 9 July 1976 could mean that he completed at least part of his intended trip and visited Spain. Number Italian sources or records regarding any residence in Italy exist.
The date and place of his death are not known.