Gyula Zilzer was born in Budapest, Hungary. He received his art schooling in Europe at the Royal Academy of Arts in Budapest, the Hans Hofmann School of Art in Munich, the Royal Polytechnic University in Budapest, and the Academie Colorossi in Paris. While in Europe, Zilzer had exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Moscow, and Paris. He won prizes at the International Exhibition in Moscow (1927), International Exhibition in Bourdeaux (1927), and a French Government Scholarship in 1928.
Zilzer came to the United States in 1932. He quickly received critical recognition and had solo shows at the New School for Social Research (1932), the Mellon Gallery in Phildalphia (1933). In 1932 Zilzer published a portfolio
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