Andreas Lapine was born in 1868 in Shujen, Province of Riga, Russia. He studied there under Professor Rosé of the Imperial Academy of Petrograd.
He spent two years in France, then headed to Belgium and Holland. He studied under Prof. Allebé at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, Holland.
He came to Canada with his wife in 1907 and worked as a farmer out west for about a year. They eventually settled in Toronto.
Among the many subjects were landscapes and horses. His work was reproduced in magazines like the Canadian Magazine and Saturday Night, and others.
By 1919 he was an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy, and, shortly after its founding in 1925 he became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.
In 1934 he was struck by an automobile, many artists gathered and organized an exhibit with works for sale in an attempt to raise money for his medical bills. In 1939 a second serious accident occured, almost deadly.
In 1944 Lapine had his first solo exhibit after eight years.
Lapine is represented in the National Gallery of Canada, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Queen's University, Kingston) among others. His work is also part of many important private collections.
He died in 1952.