According to the RKD he was a pupil in Antwerp of Vincent Cernevael in 1636, and after that, of Jan Davidsz de Heem. He is known for still lifes after the manner of de Heem and became a master in the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke in 1640. In 1649 his pupil was Jan Baptist Lust. Little is known of his origins, some say he was born in Parma, though he was probably born in Antwerp. Some say he died in Alkmaar, but this is disputed.