Born in Bhamdoun, Lebanon, in 1933 to a Swiss father and a Lebanese mother, Hafis Bertschinger grew up in his native country, as a adolescent he moved to Zurich with his family. His mixed origins and multilinguism led to the path of creation and extensive journeys around the world. Having studied plastic arts at the Slade School in London, and with his degree in history of art at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).
Hafis developed works out of his travels which have been widely exhibited. Seizing the trends of our time, he transposes them into a personal language of simplicity, energy and action. Since 1970 he has his studio in Cormerod, Canton Fribourg.
In Paris, he specializes in sculpture and works in the studio of the sculptor François Stahly.
|1963||He teaches drawing and sculpture at Arkansas Art School, Little Rock, Arkansas. And won the sculpture prize of the Delta-Show in 1964.|
|1966–67||Stay at the Cité des Arts in Paris.|
|1970||Settles permanently in Cormérod (canton of Friborg) where he has his workshop.|
|1971||Participates in the first Swiss archaeological expedition on the Euphrates as a draftsman.|
|1973||Foundation of the Mara Gallery at the Rue d'Or in Friborg and became a member in 1974 of the SPSAS|
|1977–78||Two trips to Egypt: study and photography on Egyptian facade paintings on the theme «Images of pilgrimage to Mecca».|
|1982||Oregon Trail: Hafis traces the course of General Sutter. 3000 km with his horse George.|
|1984||Crossing the Atlas. 600 km on a donkey. Hafis decorates ceramics among Berbers and Fes.|
|1985||Tour of Helvetia. 1500 km with his horse Stefan following the border.|
|1987–90||River trilogy: The Sarine, the Rhone and MAMIMI (Madison, Missouri and Mississippi) with Walter Tschopp.|
|1991||Celtic travel: Hafis trip from Switzerland to Ireland.|
|1992||Japan Dragon Trail. 2500 km by bike.|
|1995–96||Travel by train from Cape Town to Nairobi.|
|1998||New Zealand Expedition.|
|1999||Aurora Borealis: trip to Alaska.|
|2004||Journey with video artist Jacqueline Surchat in China, Samarkand, Taschkent, Beirut and Morocco.|
|2006-10||Annual trips to Dubai and stay in Ras Al Khaima where he works at RAK-Ceramics|
Stay in the studio «Jean Tinguely», City of Arts, Paris. Canton of Friborg Scholarship, Switzerland.
Annual trips to Japan and Morocco, where he built a pied-à-terre.
|2012||Trip to Mexico for his project on the Day of the Dead.|
|2013||Trip to Japan to prepare his exhibition on kofuns in Paris.|
|2013||«Back to the roots» trip with his grandson in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.|
|2014||Travel to New York with his granddaughter then Salt Lake City and Yellowstone Park to prepare the project in 2016 to make the Oregon Trail by air.|
|2014-15||4 trips to Accra, Ghana.|