born in vienna in 1953, he studied under herbert tasquill at the university of applied arts in vienna from 1974 to 1978. at the end of the 1970s he initiated the so-called “junge wilden” in vienna together with siegfried anzinger, erwin bohatsch, alfred klinkan and hubert schmalix. in the 1980s he turned to the media-reflexive aspects of painting and photography, which still characterise his work today.