Canadian director of avant-garde collage movies. He was nominated for an Oscar for a 1961 short film entitled Very Nice, Very Nice.
He was an exceptional student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, where he was mentored by artist Arthur Lismer.
He committed suicide at the age of forty-nine.
He was born to Jewish parents in Montreal, Quebec. His life was the subject of several documentary films, including the 2006 piece Remembering Arthur.
His aesthetic approach to filmmaking greatly influenced the work of Star Wars creator George Lucas.