Eric Isenburger first studied in his hometown of Frankfurt at the Frankfurt Art School before he and his new bride, a dancer, moved to Vienna and then to Berlin where he found success exhibiting his paintings. The growing danger for artists and intellectuals at that time in Germany led Isenburger and his wife to flee under dangerous circumstances to America in 1941. Settling in New York City, he found success again and was awarded the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize in 1945, 1957 and 1970. His impressive exhibition venues included the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the De Young Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and many more. Isenburger was soon made a full Academician at the National Academy of Design and went on to teach there for many years.