Born in Manchester, Emmanuel has studied in Paris and St Martins School of Art, London. Levy also spent a lot of time at Manchester School of Art where he was trained under Adolph Valette, alongside his now good friend, L.S Lowry.
He first exhibited his work at Manchester Art Federation in 1924 and has since been represented in the Manchester City Art Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and the Ben Uri Gallery.
Levy, a former instructor of life drawings at Manchester University School of Architecture after taking over Valette in 1928, uses brush strokes and muddied colours, reminding you of Lucian Freuds style. Levy is known as one of Manchesters greatest portrait painters.
Levy was also fortunate enough to have 6 exhibitions in Manchester between 1925 and 1963, whilst also working as an art critic for the Manchester Evening News. In the 60s and 70s, Emmanuel had solo exhibitions at The Tib Lane Gallery.