Student, University Florida, 1942-1944; student, Cooper Union Art School, 1945-1948; student, Brooklyn Museum Art School, 1949; student, Academy dei Belle Arti, Rome, 1949-1950; student, Control School, London, 1952.
His work spanned countless media and usually revolved around the figurative portrayal of human figures. After attending the University of Florida, King moved to New York in 1945 and graduated from Cooper Union in 1948. His style was mostly abstraction and popular art
During the years of 1994 to 1998, he served as the president of the National Academy of Design.
Member of National Academy of Design (academician since 1991, past president), American Academy Arts and Letters.