Born on September 7, 1908, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Erik Nitsche attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich. After a brief period in Cologne, he worked at Maximilien Vox in Paris. in WWII, Nitsche fled to United States and worked first in Hollywood, then in New York, where he worked as freelance graphic designer for Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Life and Look. In 1947 became art director at Dorland International in New York. In 1950, Nitsche moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut, working for Gotham Agency and their client General Dynamics. Nitsche died in 1998.