From 1894 to 1895, Levy trains as a cabinetmaker in Berlin. From 1895 to 1897, he studies at Karlsruhe's applied arts school. He makes the acquaintance of Hans Purrmann. In 1899 studies at Munich's art academy, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste. From 1900 to 1901, he attends Heinrich Knirr's private painting school. In 1903, he has a stay in Paris and contact with the 'Café du Dôme'. From 1908 to 1912 he is at the pupils' atelier of Henri Matisse. In 1912 he journeys to Stockholm. In 1919 he briefly resides in Frankfurt am Main, then moves to Munich. In 1921, he moves to Berlin. In 1922 he has his first one-man show at Alfred Flechtheim's in Berlin. From 1924 to 1926 he is mainly in Paris. In 1929 and 1930 he establishes his own private painting school in Berlin. He is temporarily on the board of directors of the 'Berlin Secession'. From 1935 to 1943 he emigrates and lives in the south of France, Italy and Yugoslavia. In 1943 he is arrested in Florence.