He was originally an apprentice to a painter, in Florence, where he is from. Then later he became a scientist and engineer.
He painted the Mona Lisa and invented many inventions even though he did not make them. Some things that he invented but never made include the airplane and the tank.
And his name Da Vinci, simply means from Vinci.
He is still remembered today because we still use his inventions, such as the airplane, in day-to-day life.