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A self-taught painter of portraits, landscapes, still life and genre scenes, Padua was born on November 15, 1903 in Salzburg, Austria and was raised by his grandparents in Bavaria, Germany. He discontinued his brief studies at the Academy in Munich to concentrate on his painting, with his early work mainly influenced by the work of Wilhelm Leibl. In 1922 he became a member of the artist association in Munich and exhibited his paintings at regional venues. He received numerous awards and prices, including the Georg-Schicht-Preis in 1928 (portraiture); the Albrecht Durer Preis of the city of Nuremberg in 1930; Lenbachpreis of the city of Munich in 1937, 1938 and 1940. He portrayed composers Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner, Paul Linke, Franz Lehar, Werner Egk, Boris Bacher, conductors Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan, writers Gerhard Hauptmann and Anette Kolb, as well as actors, singers, scientists, industrial magnates, politicians and a great number of other famous contemporaries.
Until 1943, he painted several of the best known Nazi propaganda images. For several years the artist made his home in Austria but returned to Bavaria in 1951.