Jožef Pavlin was born on 6 march 1875 on the Matijovc farm in Malo Naklo. After finsihing the primary school in Naklo he started learning image art Janez Ivan Vurnik in Radovljica. As an apprentice at Vurnik's workshop he studied (finished the 3rd and 4th year at the sculptor and professor Alojzij Gangl) and traveled abroad on study trips. On the first day of mobilization in 1914 Pavlin was recruited into the army. He left Ljubljana on 15th august and got killed on 30th august. He was hit by a russian grenade in Przemysl on the south of Poland near the Ukrainian border. Pavlin showed his talent very early and master Vurnik accepted him as his first assistant. As an assistant he participated in the making of Mary's altar in st. Peter's church in Radovljica (1898), the furnishing of St. Vid's church on Brezje (1900-1911-1913), the making of the mainn and side altar statues at st. Martin's church on Bled (1904-1905). the making of the statues of Jesus' heart for Špan's chapel in Naklo (1905), the making of the watter fountain and memorial to Josipina Hočevar on Linhart square in Radovljica (1908), the making of the main altar and other things in the church of Nova Štifta by Gornji Grad (1909-1911).
After the death of Janez Ivan Vurnik jr. On 18th march 1911, Pavlin succeeded his workshop with various orders. The construction of the Brezje church is considered one of the biggest sacriligious building projects in those times. His workshop was located in Žgajnar's house in the city of Radovljica.
Pavlin was very talented and hard-working. He followed the new trends and perfected in new techniques. He put his talent to work on altars, statues, memorials, portraits and gravestones. As head of Vurnik's workshop he and his coworkers made the folloeing works: the memorial of Janez Zlatoust Pogačar for st. Avguštin's chapel in st. Mary's church on Breznica (1912), the Saviour's staute fort he grave in st. Mary's chapel on Vesela gora by Šentrupert on Dolenjska (1912), by Svetoslav Peruzzi's plan he made a gravestone for the songwritrt and priest Anton Medved (1913), by the plan of Ivan Vurnik with the cooperation of his wife Helena Kottler, they furnished the chapel of the holy trinity in Trieste (1913), he made some reliefs depicting kids from artificial stone for the Jesenice high school (1914), he chiseled a statue of slovan apostles st. Ciril and Methodius for a house wall in Radovljica.
The people who studied Pavlin's works said that there were not many artists who could make such great works with such a knowledge of stones and art as Vurnik's assistant Jožef Pavlin.
The author of his necrolog said that the sacriligious art expected much more from him.