Hans Staudacher was born on the 14th of January 1923 in St. Urban at Lake Ossiach. Growing up under modest circumstances, Staudacher began to be an autodidact with drawings, landscape watercolours, and portraits. In 1950, he relocated to Vienna and studied the works of Alfred Kubin, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt. Staudacher joined the Vienna Secession and took part in their exhibitions. During his numerous stays in Paris in 1954-62, Staudacher studied the work of George Mathieu and "Lettrismus", which is a combination of painting and writing. These influences and observations characterized his entire works. In 1956 Staudacher represented Austria with eight pictures at the 28th Venice Biennale. Since the beginning of the 1960s,
he has consistently been developing an abstract painting in which the spontaneous gesture is a central theme. In 1976 Hans Staudacher was awarded the professors' title. Among his numerous awards the main prizes at the Tokyo Biennial in 1965, the Carinthian Cultural Prize in 1989, and the Golden City of Vienna in Vienna in 2004 can be found. Staudacher's work can be seen in many foreign exhibitions, including the 1975 Sao Paulo Biennial and the Modern Art Museum in Bolzano, Italy. The works of Hans Staudacher are now among others such as, the Albertina graphic collection, at the Museum of Art in Cincinnati and in numerous public and private collections at home and abroad.