Emil Robert Zettler was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the following institutions: The Art Institute of Chicago, Royal Academy, Berlin, and Julian Academy, Paris. He received the following awards: Hon. mention, The Art Institute of Chicago (1912); Bronze medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco (1915); medal CSA (1915); Potter Palmer gold medal AIC, 1916. Sculptor member Chicago M.A.C., AG and AC of Chicago.