Born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1889. Holl studied at the local Institute of Art in 1907-09. In 1908 he received the Julian Medal while a student at the Art Institute in San Francisco, which included a scholarship for a year to study in Paris. It is unclear, when and if he went to Paris at that time.
Following service in World War I, he lived in Paris for a couple of years and then became art director of the West Coast Fox Theaters. He was a lifelong resident of his native city except during the 1920s when he lived in Los Angeles. He died of a stroke at University of California Hospital on April 17, 1946. He was a a brother of artist Albert Holl and cousin of artist Gertrude Holl.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Census; City Directory; Death Record. The artist's great-nephew John Holl.
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