Born in Philadelphia, Tobias Musicant attended Pratt Institute from 1939-1941, but the advent of World War II interrupted his art studies. When the war had ended, Musicant continued his studies at the Art Students League from 1945-1948.
Early in his career, Musicant had participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions. Subsequently, Musicant became reclusive and kept his art from the public eye. It was only after the death of this artist that a small but powerful body of Modernist paintings was discovered. These works range in date from 1940 to 1965 and begin in a representational modernist style, evolving into a very interesting and appealing semi-representational hard-edged geometric series that incorporate a flavor of Native American influence.
His paintings were exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Print Club, Newark Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Princeton Art Council, among other venues.