Carl Fahringer was born in 1874 in Wiener Neustadt. The painter studied from 1892 to 1898 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, under Sigmund L'Allemand. From 1898 to 1902 Carl Fahringer studied at the Munich Art Academy under C. v. Marr. From 1903 to 1905, the painter was a member of the Hagenbund and from 1907 a member of the artists' house. From 1914 to 1918 he worked as a war artist in Russia and Italy. He taught from 1929 to 1945 as a professor at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and also held a master class for painting. Fahringer undertook numerous study trips to places such as, Africa, Java, Bali, and Sumatra. He was deeply impressed by the local wildlife and the landscapes.
Carl Fahringer worked as an animal painter and book illustrator, later he turned more and more to a personal embossed impressionism. Flower and animal markets are often found in his work. His most notable achievements are in the field of animal painting. Carl Fahringer had a very special interest at the presentation of exotic predators. In addition, to pictures of animals, there are also numerous mentionable watercolor paintings from the Orient and portraits. Today Fahringer is next to Ludwig Heinrich Jung nickel the most important and most original animal painters of the 20th century in Austria. Carl Fahringer died in 1952 in Vienna.