Feliks Topolski was born on 14 August 1907 in Warsaw, Poland. He studied in the Warsaw Academy of Art, and trained as an artillery officer.
Later he studied and worked in Italy and France, and eventually he moved to Britain in 1935 after being commissioned to record King George V’s silver jubilee. He opened a studio near Waterloo Station, which later became an exhibition and then a cafe-bar featuring his art.
In 1989 he was elected a senior Royal Academician as a draughtsman.