He began formal art studies at the age of 16 when he entered the Imperial Academy in Vienna, where he studied under Edmund von Hellmer. When the work there was completed, he moved to New York City and commenced working as an assistant for fellow Austrian expatriate Karl Bitter.
While there he developed a love of Renaissance art that was to affect the nature of his mature sculpture. Upon returning to Austria, Konti worked as an architectural modeler. In 1890, 1891 or 1892 (depending on the source) Konti moved, permanently as it turned out, to America, there going straight to Chicago, where he began working on sculptural decorations for the 1893 World"s Columbian Exposition.
Konti"s skills as a modeler kept him in much demand—for the 1900 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New New York
Foreign the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis. And for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
In 1906 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1909. Konti died in Yonkers, New York on January 11, 1938.
Like many sculptor of that epoch Konti created architectural sculpture.
Tympanum, Grace Chapel, New York City 1894. Spandrel figures, the Elbridge Gerry House, New York City, 1895. Three Graces (for which Audrey Munson served as the model) Hotel Astor, New York City, 1907.
Frieze: “A Festival Procession of the Arts,” Gainsborough Studio Building, 222 Central Park South, New York City, 1908.
Statues of Justinian and Alfred the Great, Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio, 1910. Twelve statues: Herbert Adams, Daniel Chester French, and Herman Matzen each modeled two of the others
Karl Bitter modeled four of them. Capitals, panels and allegorical figures for the Pan-American Building, Washington District of Columbia 1910.
Home Life Insurance Building
McKinley Memorial, Yonkers, New York 1906
Mother & Child: the Bath, fountain in Katonah, New York, c.
recumbent figure of Morgan Dix, Trinity Church, New York, 1915
The Meeting of Air and Water, Gumbel Memorial Fountain, Audubon Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1919.
A bequest from Sarah Lavinia Hyams funded two identical fountains, with sculpture groups and wading pools:
Hyams Memorial Fountain, Audubon Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1921. Hyams Memorial Fountain, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1921. Sarcophagus for Bishop Horatio Potter, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, 1921.
Yonkers World War I Memorial, Yonkers, New York, 1922.
Edgar John Lownes Memorial, Swan Point Cemetery, Rhode Island, 1924
Hudson - Fulton Monument, Yonkers, New York, 1924
Spanish - American War Memorial, Yonkers, New York, 1928
Lincoln Monument, Lincoln Park, Yonkers, New York, 1929
Father Kelehan Memorial, Saint Joseph"s Cemetery, Yonkers, New York, 1929
Governor Francis T. Nicholls, State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1931
Besides these works Isidore Konti produced numerous medals, plaques, figures and figurines that are today highly sought after by museums and collectors.