Ernest Albert Land was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His family moved to New York City when he was three years old, and by the time he was nine, he had already decided on his life’s work. His enormous natural talent pointed into the direction all his schooling was to take, until interrupted by World War II. During his military service in which he served as an ensign, he traveled extensively to most countries of the world. This included two secret expeditions to the North Pole in 1941, the Invasion of Casa Blanca, the invasion of Cherburgh and the invasion at Normandy Beach.
After his discharge in 1945, he returned to his easel and the task of making his place in the art world. His first painting in the realistic vein was accepted by Grand Central Galleries in New York City. It received recognition by the art critics and led to his life membership in that gallery. His first solo show in New York in 1954 was soon followed up by many more throughout the country. Many of his works have been reproduced in Switzerland and distributed throughout the United States.