Rudolf Horacek was born in 1915 in Mannswörth, Austria, and lived in the House of Artists in Gugging from 1981 until his death in 1986. He was a quiet, introspective person, and guided his pencil with the same degree of stoicism. In 1979, he began drawing in response to a request. Almost always he created a face, a mask; almost always inclined towards the observer. Horacek built up his faces in a few strokes and filled them: the round eyes, the invariably oval face. He signed them with his name, numbers, and the note: “Mannswörth”. His works can be found in the Hannah Rieger Collection, Austria, and in the Gerhard and Karin Dammann Collection, Switzerland, among others.