Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born as Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna December the 15th 1928. After graduating from school he decided to study in Robin Christian Andersen’s master class at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Due to the feeling that he couldn't develop artistically freely, he stopped attending class three months later. The year 1949 was marked by the start of extensive travelling. Hundertwassser moved to Italy where he first met his long-time artist-companion René Brô. Travelling together through Italy with its manifold art and culture would leave a lasting impression on both of them. Within the same year, the young Austrian artist followed Brô to Paris, where he created his own style and adopted the name Hundertwasser.
Back in Austria, Hundertwasser joined the Vienna "Art Club" in the early 1950s, where he presented his works for the first time. In 1959 he paired up with Ernst Fuchs and Arnulf Rainer to found the "Pintorarium", a so-called creative-imaginary academy, where the three artists could exchange thoughts and mutually encouraged and supported each other's work. The same year Hundertwasser was given a lectureship at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg that was withdrawn shortly after the scandal that followed the art-action "Linie von Hamburg" (Endless Line).
In the following years Hundertwasser gained international recognition, whereas his manifestos, speeches and TV-appearances caused a great amount of sensation. He had always been particularly concerned about the ecology and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. These topics are constantly reflected in Hundertwasser's intensely colourful paintings. The most prominent element in his iconography is the spiral, which he painted for the first time in 1953. It is the constant progressive cycle of nature. Besides working as a painter, he realized many of his ideas in the field of architecture. His style is reflected in the facades and interiors of his buildings.
Hundertwasser died on board of the Queen Elisabeth II of heart failure in 2000. He was buried under a tulip tree in the "Garden of the Happy Dead" on his property in New Zealand.