Born in Hungary, Zoltan emigrated as a young man fleeing Communism before the Hungarian Revolution. Emigrating to North America, he lived and worked in Canada about 30 years. In the 70s, he moved to Arizona and in the late 80s moved to North Carolina.
While never forgetting his roots and friends in Hungary, Zoltan maintained a trophy wall with pictures of himself with former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Truedeau and former US Vice President Albert Gore. Also in the collection was his certificate of American citizenship which he received in 1995.
Zoltan was the author of numerous books about painting in watercolor. Still in print are Zoltan Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques and Zoltan Szabo’s Color by Color Guide to Watercolor Painting.