Niek was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and attended public schools in the Netherlands, as well as the AKI art academy. In 2003 he arrived in Cape Town to pursue an MFA in painting from UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, supervised by Prof. Malcolm Payne and graduated in 2005.
Niek was the project manager for the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts in its first year, thereafter looking for exciting greener horizons in ARC: the Visual University and its Columbarium. During the first period of the project Niek has started his attempt to map the University of Cape Town’s vast columbarium; formal and informal collections, teaching facilities and museums. After the design and conceptualization of ARC-Online and the CCA website, Niek is currently curating findings from the columbarium into online-consumer-friendly clusters.