Alberto Giacometti (10 October 1901 – 11 January 1966) was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. Alberto Giacometti was born in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and came from an artistic background; his father, Giovanni, was a well-known Post-Impressionist painter. Alberto was the eldest of four children and was always especially close to the brother nearest to him in age, Diego. From the beginning, he was interested in art.
Daniel Spoerri (born March 27 1930 in Galati) is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania, who has been called “the central figure of European post-war art” and “one of the most renown[ed] [artists] of the 20th century.
Aloïse Corbaz (28 June 1886 - 5 April 1964) was a Swiss outsider artist included in Jean Dubuffet's initial collection of psychiatric art. She is one of very few acclaimed female outsider artists. Although she dreamt of becoming a singer, she found work as a teacher and a governess at the court of German Kaiser Wilhelm II. While there, she developed an obsessive crush on the Kaiser that would lead to her being diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a psychiatric hospital in 1918.
Meret Oppenheim (6 October 1913, Berlin — 15 November 1985, Basel) was a German-born Swiss, Surrealist artist, and photographer. Oppenheim is highly associated with the Dada movement because of her circle of friends. However, her art cannot be considered Dada: she did care about the aesthetics of the art object. Despite frequent recognition of her work in standard texts, relatively little critical attention has been paid to Oppenheim herself.
Max Bill (22 December 1908 – 9 December 1994) was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer. Bill was born in Winterthur. After an apprenticeship as a silversmith during 1924-1927, Bill took up studies at the Bauhaus in Dessau under many teachers including Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer from 1927 to 1929, after which he moved to Zurich.
Urs Graf (born 1485 in Solothurn, Switzerland; died after 1529) was a Swiss Renaissance painter and printmaker, as well as a mercenary soldier. He only produced two etchings, one of which dates from 1513 – the earliest known etching for which a date has been established. However, his woodcuts are considered of greater significance, particularly as he is attributed with the invention of the white-line woodcut technique, where white lines create the image on a black background.
Alex Werner Diggelmann (August 20, 1902 – November 21, 1987) was a Swiss artist who won three medals in the Olympic Games. He won a gold medal in 1936 for a poster entitled Arosa I Placard, and a bronze one and a silver one in 1948 for two commercial posters, the "World Championship for Cycling Poster" and the "World Championship for Ice Hockey Poster". He also designed the trophy presented annually to the winners of the UEFA Cup.
Gérald Poussin is a self-taught Swiss artist. He first became famous through the animated films Trou attention (1970), Colonel Zabu (1970), Alphon au pays des merveilles (1972), La Nuit des Ploucs (1977), and Téo Véra change de monde (1979). Two of his films were presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971; he then set himself up as a cartoonist in Paris, working for a number of newspapers, including Hara-Kiri, Zinc, Charlie Hebdos, L'Echo des Savannes, Le nouvel Observateur, and Libération.
Dieter Meier (born March 4, 1945, Zürich) is a Swiss musician and conceptual artist who is best known for the electronic music group Yello he formed with music producer Boris Blank. He is a vocalist and lyricist, as well as manager and producer of this music group.
Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 - June 5, 1998) was a Swiss-German artist best known for his artist's books and for his sculptures and pictures made with rotting food stuffs . He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot.
Hans Arnold is an artist, living and working in Sweden since 1948. He has made illustrations for many magazines and books. He is best known for his illustrations for the Bland tomtar och troll books. Arnold had a very strict Catholic education, with strong belief in heaven and hell. As a small boy, Arnold used to play the violin. Arnold began drawing caricatures of his teachers in school and sold them to his friends.
Ferdinand A. Brader was an itinerant artist and known for his large pencil drawings of farms and other dwellings in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was born in Switzerland in 1833, although his exact birthplace is unknown. He migrated to Pennsylvania in the United States sometime around 1870, most likely through Philadelphia.
Felice Varini is a Swiss artist who was nominated for the 2000/2001 Marcel Duchamp Prize, known for his geometric perspective-localized paintings of rooms and other spaces, using projector-stencil techniques. According to mathematics professor and art critic Joël Koskas, "A work of Varini is an anti-Mona Lisa. " Felice paints on architectural and urban spaces, such as buildings, walls and streets.
Alexandre Calame (May 28, 1810 – March 19, 1864) was a Swiss painter. He was born in Arabie, at the time belonging to Corsier-sur-Vevey, today a part of Vevey. He was the son of a skillful marble worker in Vevey, but because his father lost the family fortune, Calame could not concentrate on art, but rather he was forced to work in a bank from the age of 15. When his father fell from a building and then died, it was up to the young Calame to provide for his mother.
Herbert Distel (born 7 August 1942 in Bern) is a Swiss painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker and composer currently residing in Katzelsdorf near Vienna Austria. He is primarily known for his sculpture, sound art and conceptual art.
Johann Kaspar Füssli (9 March 1743 in Zurich - 4 May 1786 in Winterthur) was a Swiss painter, entomologist and publisher. He is the son of Johann Caspar Füssli (3 January 1706 - 6 May 1782) and Anna Elisabeth Waser. He is the brother of Henry Fuseli (Johann Heinrich Füssli), (3 December 1745 in Zurich, 26 December 1832 à Zurich). He married: Verena Störi in 1770 Anna Elisabeth Kilchsperger in 1774.
Rudolf Stussi is a Swiss-born artist who came to Canada in 1967 to attend Carlton University. Stussi also studied and taught at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1978. From 1988 to 1991 he was president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. Rudolf was involved in animation with Toronto based Nelvana. He illustrated in the award winning series "Little Bear" and "Rolie-Polie-Olie" and the film "Heidi".
Peter Fischli (* 8 June 1952 in Zurich) and David Weiss (* 21 June 1946 in Zurich), often shortened to Fischli/Weiss, are an artist duo that have been collaborating since 1979. They are among the most renowned contemporary artists of Switzerland. Their best known work is the film "Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go).
Hans Falk (1918 - 2002) was a Swiss painter, who lived in New York, Ireland, England, Switzerland and Stromboli, Italy. Hans Falk was one of the most important modern Swiss painters. Hans Falk was born in Zurich in 1918 and went on to study at art schools in Lucerne and Zurich. His first commissioned works were posters and graphic designs, which won him numerous awards. Amongst his most important competition wins were a series of seven posters he designed for the 1964 Swiss National Exhibition.
Marie-Mathilde Ducatillon-Sauthier (born on May 16, 1953 in Switzerland), best known as MMSD, is a Swiss artist-painter. She studied Arts décoratifs in Geneva from 1970 to 1973, and later in the École des Beaux-Arts of Geneva from 1973 to 1977, where she graduated.