His age was given as twenty in 1604. His parents moved in 1596 from Huist to Antwerp where he studied under D. Remeeus c.1599-1604. He joined the Antwerp guild in 1608, and served as dean in 1619-20. His portraits were much influenced by those of Rubens and van Dyck, and he also painted some historical subjects.
His brother Paul (1595-1678) was an animalier, and his sister Margaretha married Frans Snyders.