On 12 February 1909, Zoran Music was born in Gorizia, the son of a headmaster and a teacher. In 1915, while his father was in active service on the Galician front, the family was evacuated to Styria. From 1920 to 1930 his father taught in Völkermarkt and Zoran Music attended grammar school there. He completed his school years in Maribor. From 1930 to 1935 Music was registered at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb where he studied with Ljuba Babic, a student of Stuck. Music spent his holidays drawing in Croatia, but also made regular visits to Vienna. In 1935 he completed his studies and travelled to Madrid where he concentrated on the work of El Greco and Goya in the Prado. From 1941 to 1942 Music was in Gorizia again and was commissioned to paint frescos in various churches in the area. After his first successes in exhibitions he was arrested in 1944 by the Gestapo for alleged contacts with the resistance and deported to Dachau. The camp was liberated by the Americans in 1945 and Music returned to his family seriously ill. From 1946 he lived and worked in Venice, where he was often visited by Kokoschka. Important collectors like Alix de Rothschild and Mark Tobey acquired his work. In 1949 he married Ida Cadorin-Barbarigo. In the years 1950/51 he was given many awards including the special prize from the Biennale in Venice. A contract with the Galerie de France in 1952 gave him the opportunity to live and work in Paris, although he kept his studio in Venice. His works became increasingly abstract. From 1956 to 1960 Music worked in Dalmatia and then in Cortina d’Ampezzo, near Bologna, on the Côte d’Azur and in the Dolomites. In the 1980s and 1990s Music lived both in Venice and Paris.