Peter Durieux was born in 1951, in Sassenheim.
He received his artistic education from 1976 until 1981 at the Fine Arts Academy Minerva in the City of Groningen. His branches of sudy were drawing and painting, under tutelage of Piet Pijn, his special teacher.
Peter Durieux prefers to paint landscapes. "I don't know exactly why, as it is no deliberate choice. For change I could easily paint a portrait or a still life. However landscapes offer me more than enough variations. I consider human beings or animals in my paintings as disturbing elements. I am painting landscapes without too much motion in themselves: no wind, no wild skies. Actually, my paintings represent landscape - like still lives, in which I attach great importance to the compositions as well as the interplay between light and dark".