Born: La Habana, Cuba, December 1, 1935.

Education: Colegio de Belen (1942-1953)

Law School: Santo Tomas de Villanueva (1953-1958). Del Mar College, (1964-66) Texas Bar: 1966.

Fought in the underground against Castro, political asylum Embassy of Chile April to June 1961. Arrived in Texas, June of 1961, employed in oil and gas industry 1961 to 1986. Practiced law 1966 to 1986. Executive in different oil companies and banks until 1985. Since 1986, real estate investment: Soncel Financial, Inc.  Kingsland, GA.

Member, Aperture Foundation, (past President) Cintas Foundation, President.

Appointed “Texas Art Commissioner” by Governor Bush from 1998 to 2003

Book of poems: “Pa’Ella”, (Paris, 2011) and Cuantas Veces.., Poems and Photos, 2018,

A novel based in Cuba in 1958, “My Lost Cuba” (East End Press, October 4, 2013) Book presented at Barnes and Noble, Houston, Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida, and the American Library in Paris. Translated: “La Cuba que Perdimos”, (2016) presented at the Miami Book Fair, November 2, 2016.

With his wife Sondra M. Gilman (dcd) collects photography and art. Their collection had two traveling shows in USA and one in Europe.  Books on the collection are “From the Heart”, by Adam Weinberg, 1998, (Art Museum of South Texas (3/6/1998) Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art (6/18/1998) The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University (9/7/1998) Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (1/1/1998) Mobile Museum of Art, 3/26/1999. “Shared Vision” Ben Thompson and Paul Karabinis. (9/6/2011), MOCA, Jacksonville, Aperture Foundation, New York, (3/2/2012) and the “The Beauty of Lines” Tatyana Franck and Pauline Martin, Musee d’Elysee (1/31/2018), Property Caillebotte, Yerres, (9/15/2018) Foto Colectania, Barcelona (6/20/2019).