Erwin Pokorny studied History and Art History at the University of Vienna. In the 1990s he worked as a researcher and curator in several graphic collections, mainly at the Albertina and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he has specialised in German and Netherlandish drawings and prints of the 15th and 16th centuries. He is also a specialist for Albrecht Dürer and Hieronymus Bosch as well as for medieval and early modern iconography, with a preference for fantastic and odd topics (drollery, mythical creatures, magicians, witches, and outcasts).
In recent years he has been giving lectures on the history of drawing and prints at the University of Innsbruck and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Currently, he is a research partner of the FWF project on the Tyrolean humanist Johannes Fuchsmagen (c. 1450-1510), analysing the so-called Filocalus drawings and the Fuchsmagen tapestry. Additionally, he devotes himself to the underdrawing of Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgement Triptych in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the underdrawing for the wall paintings at the Tyrolean Franciscan cloister in Schwaz, and the recently discovered underdrawing, probably by Dürer himself, in the St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna.