Certified, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1950; certified, Art Students League New York, 1954; student of Jack Potter.
Owner, illustrator, designer, Sy Pearlstein Advertising Art Studio, New York City, 1946-1971; artist-painter representative by, Far Gallery, New York City, 1969-1981; professor, New York City Technology College, CUNY, Brooklyn, 1971-1994; professor emeritus, New York City Technology College, CUNY, Brooklyn, 1994-1999; chairman art and advertising design department, New York City Technology College, CUNY, Brooklyn, 1985-1988.
Served with Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member National Academy of Design (secretary council) 1980-1984, W.H. Leavin prize 1985), American Watercolor Society (board directors 1979-1980, Watercolor United States of America award 1971), Art Students League of New York (life), Allied Artists American (board directors 1976-1979, E. Lowe award 1969, gold medal 1980, George Tweed Memorial award 1989, 92), Audubon Artists (board directors 1986-1989, 91-93, Grumbacher award 1971, Fabri medal 1980), Alliance Figurative Artists (c0chmn. 1976-1977), Professional Staff Congress.
Married Toby Tessie Rubinstein, March 21, 1943. Children: Judith Helene, Lawrence Jonathan.