Austrian painter Wilhelm Kaufmann studied in Wien (Vienna) and was especially known for his commitment to the preservation of urban landscapes and the architectural face of his hometown Salzburg. He was one of the artists who designed the tapestry for the Festspielhaus. During World War II Kaufmann lived in "inner emigration" and rescued various Jewish art works.
After the war Kaufmann devoted himself actively to reconstruction. In the 1950s he taught for some years in Canada, then returned to the study of human civilization and nature in his paintings and actively participated in the Künstlerhaus Salzburg. In September 2011, the Wilhelm-Kaufmann-Footbridge was opened over the Salzach river, which connects Aigen and Josefiau, two districts of Salzburg.