Rudolf Hurni was born in 1914 in Biel. After his schooling he did an apprenticeship as a poster artist. Afterwards he lives in Brussels, Paris and Berlin. Then he moves back to bern where he works as a sign writer and graphic artist. In 1945, he starts painting but only twenty years later he quits his job and lives as freelance painter. From year 1961 onward his paintings are shown in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. Rudolf Hurni dies in 2003 in Bern.