Seymour Drumlevitch was a painter. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He later studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, taking art classes at the Cooper School of Art and Architecture. In 1947 he and his wife, artist Harriet Greif, moved to Buffalo. In 1950 Drumlevitch won the prestigious Prix de Rome award from the American Academy in Rome.
In 1956 he began to work at the Brookyn Museum of Art School, until his family and he moved back to Buffalo in 1959 to resume his position as a professor of painting and design at University at Buffalo. He taught there until 1983.