He was born in Danzig (now Gdansk) in Poland to Polish-Kashubian parents. He attended German and Polish schools and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Institute of Fine Arts in Poznan. In 1939 he was conscripted into the German army , survived a period at Stalingrad and was later posted to Italy, where he deserted and surrendered himself to the allies. He then served as an interpreter for them in North Africa. A surprise reunion with a school friend took him to Gairloch in the Scottish Highlands where he joined the Free Polish Army. He later took part in the D-Day landings where he was badly wounded. After demobilisation he resumed his art studies at the Liverpool School of Art and by 1949 was working in a textile design studio where he met his wife Laura Sinclair. They both then embarked on successful careers as freelance artists.
He was prolific and painted and drew extensively in and around the Manchester area.
He was also gifted draughtsman and illustrator who wrote and was involved in the publishing of several books.
Albin's Horses: Recollections of Appleby Fair (1975) and Manchester Music (1977) were written by him. Where as Yorkshire Laughter and Queer Goings On, both by Maurice Colbeck were illustrated by him. He also co-wrote The Broadhorse with Garner Alan.
He is an artist whose work is now becoming increasingly appreciated and his work can be found in private galleries and collections all around the world.