Biography

1935
Born in Zürich, Switzerland, married, two sons.

1956-62
Studied Architecture at the ETH in Zürich.

1963-64
Worked as an architect in Texas and California.

1964-84
In various architecture offices in Zürich collaborated in competitions, large projects and rebuildings. Specialized in buildings for research.
All plans were drawn by hand.

1967
Worked for a fashion-photographer.

1970-71
Three semesters evening-course in advertising and graphic arts.

1973
Designed his own house in Pfaffhausen.

1978
Toured round the world. Before and after that he undertook many cultural trips to different countries.

1983
First exhibition in the community of Fällanden, Zürich.

1984 
Opened his own office for architecture in Pfaffhausen. Well known companies in USA and Germany engaged him to plan a joint venture for genetic research in Vienna. Various contracts as graphic artist and photographer. Began to paint intensively and learnt to handle different techniques in painting and spraying.

1992-99
Four exhibitions at the „trittligasse“ gallery in Zürich.

1993
Exhibition in the gallery of the town of Glarus.

2001
Exhibition at the „Artfolio“ gallery in the Raffles hotel, Singapore. The book „Nik Streiff / Bilder / Paintings“ was published by the Benteli publishing company.

2005
Overall viewing of his work in the „Zwicky“ Cultural Center in Fällanden, Zürich.

2009
The ZOB-publishing house brought out the book of photography „Greifensee / Die vier Jahreszeiten / Nik Streiff“.

2010
Exhibition at the „Trittligasse“ gallery in Zurich.

2011
The book "The Jeep" was published by R.G. Fischer Verlag Frankfurt.

2012-14
Colour Corses in the Institute of Technology in Winterthur. Travels over large parts of Switzerland and takes photographs of rocks.

2012
Exposition of sculptures in Fällanden.

2013  
Under the title „Nature meets Abstraction“ the first 6 pictures are created. Acquisition of a complete set of drums.

2015
Jazz-concert with the famous singer Rebecca Spiteri. Production of a CD.

2018
ART INTERNATIONAL in ZÜRICH
Creation of 5 large-size pictures to be shown - among others - at this exhibition.

2019
Three new pictures with allusions to Japanese art.