Student, Institute Fine Arts, San Miguel, 1946. Student, Art Students League, New York City, 1949. Student, Grande Chaumiere, Paris, 1950.
Student, Institute Dell'Arte Statale, Florence, Italy, 1951. Student, Hans Hofmann School, New York City, 1952. Doctor of Arts (honorary), University Southern Indiana, Evansville, 2002.
Doctor of Arts (honorary), Maine College Art, Portland, 2003.
Though he had started drawing as a child, he first received a sketchbook from a teacher when he was in the fourth grade. He served in the United States Army during World World War World War II He was injured while serving in Europe, and met Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso after being hospitalized in Paris. After completing his military service, Pace went to Mexico to study art under the G.I. Bill.
While at a school in San Miguel de Allende, he met artist Milton Avery who convinced him to come to New York City to continue his education, learning there at the Art Students League of New York and independently with artist Hans Hofmann.
Pace"s work was exhibited in a number of galleries, including the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City, the Turtle Gallery in Maine, and the West. Wickiser Gallery in New York City. A resident of Manhattan and Stonington, Maine, Pace died of pneumonia at the age of 91 on September 23, 2010, at Saint Mary"s Hospital in Evansville, after having lived for one year at an assisted-living facility in Evansville and then moving to his home and studio in New Harmony, Indiana.
Served with Army of the United States, 1941-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Member of National Academy of Design (Benjamin Altman prize 1993, Edwin Palmer Marine prize 2001, William A. Paton prize 2005).
Married Palmina Natalini, February 26, 1949.