Lojze Spacal was born on 15 June in Trieste. His father died when he was four, so he had to survive alone from the age of eleven. At the same time, he also finished the Ciril and Metod public school. He was arrested when he was twenty-two for anti-fascist activities, and interned in southern Italy where, after painting a coffin for a girl he decided on a path of painting and graphics. He matriculated from the Art Academy in Venice in 1934 and the same year obtained a permit from Rome to teach drawing. The next year he was already teaching in vocational schools in Trieste. He continued his studies at the Art Institute for Decorative Arts in Monza and privately at the Academy Brera in Milan. During the second world war, in 1942 and 1943, he was confined in the Corropoli concentration camp and was sent from there to a labour battalion in Forte dei Marmi. After the war, he returned to Triste, renovated an old house in Piran and ethnographically arranged a Karst homestead in Škrbina near Komen. He was active as an artist up to his death on 6 May 2000.