Paweł Althamer was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1967. He studied there from 1988 to 1993 at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he was a student in the sculpture class of Grzegorz Kowalski. In the 1990s, he became a central figure in Polish contemporary art. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions, he has also been represented, et al., in group exhibitions, including the documenta X in Kassel in 1997, the Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana in 2000, and the Venice Biennial in 2013. From 2009 to 2011, Paweł Althamer worked as a professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.