Bachelor of Arts, New Mexico Highlands U., 1953; Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1956.
As a teenager, he had a job with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Lamis went on to attend New Mexico Highlands University and Columbia University. In 1954 Lamis married Esther Sackler.\r\nHe is a descendant from the Dutch Lemmens family originating from the village of Saint Anthonis in North Brabant, the Netherlands\r\nAfter a time teaching at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, he took a position at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
Lamis taught there in the studio art and art history disciplines from 1961-1988. In 1970 Lamis was the Artist in Residence at Dartmouth College.\r\nIn the early 1960s, Lamis and his cubist sculptures were well received in New York City, and he was invited to join the Contemporaries Gallery. Lamis was represented by the Staempfli Gallery (New York) from 1965 to 1971.
During this time his work was featured across the United States.
He was also a member of the American Abstract Artists.
Married Esther Sackler, August 13, 1954. Children: Alexander, Jonas.