Born in 1923 in St. Urban on the Ossiacher See and grew up in Villach. After the war visit to the National Institute of Fine Arts, directed by Arnold Clementschitsch. 1950 Moved to Vienna, exploring the informal currents in contemporary art, especially with “Letrism”, the combination of image and writing.
Member of the Vienna Secession, the Forum Stadtpark in Graz and the Kunstverein für Kärnten. 1956 Participation in the Venice Biennale. In 1960 he wrote an artistic manifesto, in 1964 he organized the action of a “picture burning” in front of the Vienna Secession, as a demonstration against the ignorance of the public.
Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad and several recognitions – most recently on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
Staudacher is one of the most important contemporary painters in Austria. He lives and works in Vienna and in Carinthia.