Young was born February 4, 1943 in Liberty City, Miami, Florida and gained recognition as a cult contemporary artist. Young's work, often a blend of collage and painting, utilizes found objects and the experience of African Americans in the south. His work is found in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and others. In 2018, he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

Young died April 21, 2010 Overtown, Miami, Florida.