Until 1853 he was educated in Odessa gymnasium. From 1853 to 1859 he studied in St. Petersburg Academy of arts. In 1857 he received the first silver medal, in 1858 - the second gold for the painting "the Assembly at the court of Peter the Great". In 1859, the artist was awarded the Grand gold medal and a pensioner's trip abroad. The artist visited France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy. The most famous works of this period: "In the artist's Studio" (1861), the "Stage" (1863), "the Entry of Jeanne d'arc in Amiens" (1864), which Napoleon III purchased for the city of Bar-Le-Duc. In 1864 at the invitation of Sultan Abdul-Aziz went to Constantinople, where for 12 years he held the position of court painter. Wrote battle songs from the history of Turkey and numerous portraits of the Sultan, one of whom (miniature on ivory) was presented at the exhibition of miniatures in Lviv. While in Turkey, often traveled to Germany, France, Italy and Poland. In 1873 went to Cairo, where he executed a number of ornamental compositions in watercolor and oil, which were in great demand. In 1876 in connection with the political situation in Constantinople he moved to Paris where his work was a success. Was titled the Austrian Iron crown 3rd degree, Italian Anunciata, the crown of the Wends. His works are in the National museums of Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan, in the Museum of art in łódź and in Lviv national gallery.