Popp was born in Dieci, received his initial art education in Arad, and studied painting in Budapest from 1888 to 1896, in particular, under Bertalan Székely and Károly Lotz. He later worked (with Károly Lotz) on murals for the Parliament building, the Palace of Justice and the Matthias Church in Budapest. In 1900, he was appointed to teach to the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest, where he stayed until 1918. During his time in Budapest, Popp also visited Germany and Italy. After 1918, he returned to Romania, and in 1925 was asked to organize the School of Arts in Cluj.
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