Josef Danner was born in Amstetten, Austria, in 1955. From 1974 he studied philosophy, German language and literature, and history at the University of Vienna. In the 1980s he was a member and drummer in the Viennese punk band Molto Brutto. In his circle of friends, which included Herbert Brandl, Gunter Damisch, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Otto Zitko, among others, he was intensively involved in painting. With his large-format early work, Josef Danner is assigned to the so-called Neue Wilden in Austria. From the 1990s, the artist was increasingly concerned with socio-political issues and developed his own distinctive critical-ironic visual language. The artist was a member of the artists' collective ARGE einwandaufbruch, the Vienna Künstlerhaus, winner of the Förderpreis of the province of Lower Austria and winner of the Kulturpreis of the city of Amstetten. He lived and worked in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland. Josef Danner died in Vienna in 2020.