Paulus Ploier studied at a sports school and at a commercial school from which he graduated with the national accountancy certificate. In 1984, he was injured in a diving accident and remained paralysed. Since his accident he has not been able to use his arms and legs. In the rehabilitation centre he discovered his creative talent as far as painting with his mouth is concerned. In his first phase he learnt how to paint with his mouth as an autodidact. From 1987 to 1990 Paulus Ploier took art and painting lessons. In 1990 he was granted a scholarship by the association and four years later he became an associate member. In 1999 VDMFK granted him full membership.
Paulus Ploier's favourite motifs are landscapes and flower still lifes. Lightly coloured ink sketches in which he depicts generous motifs are his stylistic preference. His works are characterized by a quality which would never remind us of such a handicap or make us think of a second-quality artistic substitute as a art historian put it. Paulus Ploier has been very successful with his paintings on several occasions. He also took part in numerous exhibitions in Austria and abroad which received extensive media coverage.