Renate Erlacher was born in Lienz, Osttirol, graduated from Vienna University from German Language and Literature and Philosophy (masters degree) and Psychology (PhD). Part of her studies she spent in the United States: at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and at Harvard University in Boston.
She has been teaching German as a Foreign Language at a language program at the University of Vienna. She also worked as an Assistent Professor for German at Korea University, Chochiwon, South Korea.

With Josef Gerger (Academy for Applied Arts) she took a course in designing and manufacturing shoes, with Mag. Katharina Symon (Academy for Applied Arts) a course in designing and manufacturing handbags.
Since 2002 she is a member of "Who is Who" - Austria