Jochen Traar was born in 1960 in Essen, Germany. From 1979 to 1984 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, with Bruno Gironcoli. Traar has been a member of the Vienna Secession since 1986. In 1993 he had an artist residency at United Media Arts (UMAS), Durham, Ontario, Canada, in 1994 a Rome Fellowship and from 1995 to 1996 a Schindler Fellowship from the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, for Los Angeles, USA, where he stayed until 1998. In 1999 he returned to Vienna and founded the project space "friends of the night", which existed until 2002. In 2014 he spent an artist residency at Sewon Artspace, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2020 he founded "kunstbureau Klagenfurt" with Ulli Sturm as a meeting place for communication, smaller events, readings and site-specific exhibitions. In 2021, Traar received a Paris Stipend from the province of Carinthia together with Aki Traar. He has participated locally and internationally in numerous group exhibitions, including 2002 at Kunsthaus Graz and in recent years continuously at Museum Moderner Kunst Klagenfurt (MMKK) and Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt and also in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Canada and the USA. Jochen Traar lives and works in Vienna and since 2002 in St. Veit im Jauntal, Carinthia, Austria.