Erwin Stolz was born as the only child to wealthy parents in Vienna. He was trained as an agricultural engineer, but in his free time he liked to paint, which fascinated him from an early age on. During the first World War he served as an officer and was eventually deported to Italy as a prisoner of war. After the end of the war he returned from captivity and from then on devoted himself only to painting. Initially working as a sign painter, industrial graphic artist and newspaper deliverer, he attended numerous courses to further his artistic training. He had contacts with Gustav Karl Beck, Mallina, Kenner, Rothaug and the Hagenbund artists. After 1945, Erwin Stolz withdrew from the art world and died completely impoverished in 1987.