Niklaus Troxler

Speaker: Niklaus Troxler

Location: Willisau, Switzerland



Born in Willisau/Switzerland in 1947. Studed Typography in Lucerne, then graphic design at the Art School of Lucerne. After studies Art Director in Paris. Own graphic design studio since 1973. Organizer of jazz concerts (since 1966) and an annual jazz festival (since 1975) in his home town Willisau.

His many awards include

  • «Toulouse Lautrec-Gold Medal» from the Essen Poster Triennale (1987 and 1994)
  • Grand Prizes and First Prizes at Chaumont Poster Festival (1992)
  • Lahti Poster Biennale (1993)
  • Helsinki Poster Biennale (1997)
  • Trnava Poster Biennale (1997)
  • Hongkong Poster Trienniale (2001)
  • Rzseszow Theatre Poster Bienniale (1997)
  • Hangzhou Poster Bienniale (2003)
  • Moscow Golden Bee ( 2004, 2006, 2008)
  • Colorado Invitational Poster Bienniale (2005)
  • Taiwan International Poster Awards (2005)
  • Ningbo International Poster Bienniale (2006)
  • Zagreb ZGRAF Graphic Design Bienniale (2008)
  • Silver Award at Brno Biennale (1992)
  • Special Award at Warsaw Poster Biennale (1992)
  • Silver Award at Chaumont Poster Festival (2007)
  • Bronze Medals at Toyama Poster Triennale (1994)
  • Chaumont Poster Festival (1999)
  • among many others.

Niklaus Troxler got the Swiss Federation Design Award and his posters got awarded 22 times as «Swiss Poster of the year». He won 2 Gold, 17 Silver and 30 Bronze Awards from the Art Directors Club of Switzerland. He won the ADC (Switzerland) Special Award in 2000. Many ADC of New York Awards, for exemple Silver and distinctive Merit Awards 2001 and many awarded works in the Tokyo Type Directors Competitions.

His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hamburg Industrial Arts Museum, the Wilanow Poster Museum in Warsaw, the Ogaki Poster Museum, the Essen Poster Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Staedelijk Museum in Amsterdam among others.

Since 1998, he is professor at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart/Germany. He is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since 1989.