Balzer was born at Kuks, in Bohemia, in 1738. He was first instructed in art by Michal Rentz, but subsequently completed his education by travelling through Germany, where he visited several Academies. He chiefly resided at Prague, where he produced numerous works, mostly portraits, and died in 1799. He left two sons, Anton (1771-1807) and Johann Karl (1771-1805), who were both engravers, together with his brothers Mathias and Gregor.
His works include:
- A set of fifty plates of Landscapes and Architectural subjects, with Biblical, mythological, and genre groups of figures} after Norbert Grund, an old German painter.
- Two sets of Portraits of Artists and Learned Men of Bohemia and Moravia; published at Prague in the years 1773 to 1782 (ninety plates).
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