He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He studied with Philip Guston with whom he remained friends until Guston"s death in 1980.
Greene had more than 2 dozen solo exhibitions of his work in leading art galleries in New York City. He also taught at the Art Students League of New York for several decades. After the mid-1950s and until his death Greene"s mature work was related to abstract expressionism, color field painting and surrealism.\r\nHis work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Tate Gallery in London.
He was 82 years old. Their daughter, Alison de Lima Greene, is a curator at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and has published a number of works on modern art
Son of William and Augusta (Lasky) G. M. Sigrid de Lima, 1953. 1 daughter, Alison de Lima.