1945   born in Amsterdam
1963-1965   studied free painting and printmaking at the Academie'63 in Haarlem with Ger Lataster and Frans Verpoorten; at the same time evening school in art education at the College of Educationin Amsterdam.
1964   First color etchings; educational trip to Spain and North Africa.
1977-1984   Teaching fellow for graphic design in the Department of Architecture at the University in Kassel.
1989   Art-award from the City of Vellmar, County Kassel
1990-1992   Teaching fellow for graphic design at the Acadamy for Design in Kassel
2008   Maarten Thiel lived as a free-lance artist in Kassel from 1965 until his death on September 20, 2008.