Born December 22nd1930 in Vienna, the son of model maker Hermann Hüpfner and embroiderer Hermine Hüpfner (née Kroupa).
1946 Interest in modern art begins (H. Boeckl, V. v. Gogh, P. Cézanne and E. Munch). Starts regularly reading national and international cultural magazines.
1947-50 Training at the Department of Commercial Graphics at the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics in Vienna’s Neubau district. He develops a phobia of lettering.
1951-60 Short term as commercial graphic artist afterwards Illustrator of detective stories and as a caricaturist.
1961 The beginning of a serious engagement with art. Regular, long drawing sessions that focus on replicating to nature to begin with. A trip to Paris leaves no lasting impression, with the exception of the Surrealists’ écriture automatique.
1962 Hüpfner starts experimenting with “automatic” drawings that are beyond conscious control. These drawings art subsequently used as designs for pictures and sculptures. The opening exhibition “20er Haus” for Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art leaves a lasting impression on Hüpfner.
1962/63 Influenced by an exhibition showcasing sculptures by Joannis Avramidis, Hüpfners first plaster sculpture comes into being around the turn of the year: Lady With a Beautiful Hairstyle.
1964-70 Refocus on Pop Art and the New Realists upon visiting the exhibition “Pop etc” in Vienna’s “20er Haus”. Creation of a range of wooden sculptures, assemblages and first oil paintings.
1971 Big creative crisis.
1972-73 Resumes his work as an artist. Naturalistic drawings based on photos lead to an artistic identity and orientation crisis. Doubts about the visually conveyed reality of things. Sceptical and ironic examination of nothingness in the form of white pictures and conceptual art using text images.
1974-90 Return to materiality via drawing. The understanding of reality being an omen, visual evidence thereof becomes unnecessary. A bad financial situation forces him to temporarily stop painting and results in him producing objects made from waste wood and lime wood; amongst these are the sculptures Santa Conversazione and Battle of England. First plaster and terracotta sculptures are created, often painted on with oil paint. Drawing becomes the main medium of artistic production.
1990-2002 Using cardboard templates, plaster blocks are cast to create sculptures. Further sculptures are created, often in combination with Ytong, plaster, terracotta and acrylic paint. More paintings are created, especially those using acrylic on canvas, An interest in the depiction of movement requires the use of iron skeletons, as is the case with the sculpture Revenant.
2003 Due the lack of space in his studio, he starts compiling individual drawings into image sequences with the photocopier. He partially revises the photocopied sequences with chalk and coloured pencil.
2006 At the end of the year first participating in a group exhibition. Therefore, his work was opened to the public for the first time.
2007 till now. Further Works created in the studio and regular participation in group exhibitions as well as solo exhibitions, see exhibition.