Born Paul Nilsson, he studied at Althin Painting School in Stockholm from 1916 to 1917 and in Wilhelm's Painting School in 1918, spending some of the following year studying with Olaf Rude in Copenhagen. When teaching ateliers re-opened in France after the First War, he journeyed to Paris to study under André Lhote from 1920 to 1921. In the late 1930s he was living in Rumania and fought in the Finnish Winter War of 1940 where he was involved in the Battle of Marka Järvi. His many exhibitions included the New art in Gothenburg in 1922 at, Karlstad City Hall in 1924, in Stockholm at Gummeson art gallery in 1933, the New Museum in 1949 and 1953 and Arvika in 1960. He participated regularly in the New Art Association Exhibition at Karlstad since the association was formed in 1936. He was invited, as guest of honour, to participate in the Romanian Artist Federation show in Bucharest in 1936. Piltz is represented at Värmland Museum.
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