Stephen Juharos was born in 1913 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Hungarian Academy of the Fine Arts in 1938. He was the first student in the history of the Academy to win the Academy Gold Medal and a traveling scholarship to Rome.
In 1945, Juharos moved to Germany where he received many portrait commissions from high-ranking German, British, and American officers. In 1949, he came to the United States to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts in Newark, New Jersey.
Juharos has received many awards, including: the First Prize, Professional Artists League, New York, in 1955; First Prize, Seton Hall University Exhibit in 1955; and First Prize, Montclair Art Museum in 1954.
In 1965 he was commissioned to paint a large mural of President Eisenhower that now hangs in the "Hall of Presidents" at Gettysburg. This mural also incorporates scenes of the historical battles of the United States and Hungary in their fight for freedom. In 1958, he completed a series of nine murals for Maplewood, New Jersey's City Hall, and three murals for Northern Arizona University.
Juharos' work is also included in the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts.