Josef Mikl was born in 1929 in Vienna. From 1946 to 1948 he attended the Graphic Training and Research School there. Subsequently he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna by Josef Dobrowski until 1955. He was a member of the Art Club – the most important Austrian art circle in the 50ies. After the circle had broke up he founded the “Galerie St. Stephan” together with Markus Prachensky, Wolfgang Hollegha and Arnulf Rainer in 1956. From 1969 until 1997 he was teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna . Throughout his life, Mikl had been awarded art prizes. The artist died in 2008. Josef Mikl is one of the most prominent of the Austrian Informal. He ignored critics calling his works insubstantial. Although abstract paintings, their beginning are objects. The human body is a central motif. Aside from his paintings, Mikl created many drawings.