Painter, printmaker and sculptor, Aldrin was born in Värmland, Sweden. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1911, settling in Minnesota. He relocated to Southern California by 1923 where he began his studies at the Otis Art Institute, receiving the Huntington Assistance Award and a full scholarship to the Santa Barbara School of Art. Art. Aldrin learned the techniques of the Japanese color woodcut from Frank Morley Fletcher. In 1928, he studied for six months at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco before settling permanently in Los Angeles. That same year Aldrin made his first color woodcut and continued to experiment with the medium until 1937. Aldrin was a member of the California Art Club, California Water Color Society and the Los Angeles Art Association. He exhibited nationally and his work won several awards and is represented in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, Boston Public Library and Rutgers University.