Born in 1940 in Pressburg, Slovakia, Christian Ludwig Attersee moved to Austria in 1944; he now lives in Vienna and at Semmering in Lower Austria.
Attersee spent his youth in Aschach near Linz and at Lake Attersee in Upper Austria, he was one of Austria's great sailing athletes - hence the pseudonym Attersee. He made a name for himself not only as a visual artist, but also as a musician, writer, object maker, designer, stage designer and filmmaker.
But Attersee is above all considered one of the most important representatives of representational painting in Europe in the last 50 years, he is a maverick in almost all areas of the visual arts.
First exhibitions from the mid-60s bring success, also the friendship and collaboration with artists such as Günter Brus, Gotthard Graubner, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Hermann Nitsch, Walter Pichler, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener and others.
Since Attersee's first inventions of objects (1964-66) in the field of eroticism and everyday life, he has been considered an independent co-determiner of European Pop Art.
Attersee is the great maverick of Austrian art of the 60s, the antithesis of Viennese Actionism. In the second half of the 70s Attersee is the founding figure of the "New Austrian Painting".
In 1984 Attersee represents Austria at the Biennale di Venezia. 1990 - 2009 he is professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (for painting, animation film and tapestry). He is awarded, among others, the Great Austrian State Prize 1997 for Art in 1998.