Jozef Torka was born in the region of Katowice. He had a secondary technical education and worked all his life in the mining-industry. After his retirement in 1968 he started painting. He received several important rewards and his works were displayed in Poland, Germany, Italy, Russia and China.
Source: Muzeum Sztuki Lodowej w Otrebusach: "Barwy Slaska". Warszawa 2000. p. 50.