Josef Pillhofer was born in Vienna in 1921. He visited the art school in Graz in Styria. From 1938 to 1941 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts at Vienna. Then he got a scholarship to Paris and Rome. From 1954 to 1968 he taught at the Academy of Vienna, until 1970 he was working as an assistant. Pillhofer was also Professor for sculpture in Graz and at the International Summer Academy of Salzburg. He was a member of the Art-Club, Secession and of the “Gruppe 53”.He was awarded with many art prices. The artist died in 2010. Josef Pillhofer formed sculptures and statues of stone, wood, clay and metal. His style was influenced by Wilhelm Lehmbruck but also by the cubism through Henri Laurens and the abstract through Constantin Brancusi. He is considered as the only representative of the abstract sculpture of the Wotruba School. Central motif of his sculptures is the human body.