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Famous Artists from Switzerland

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List of the most popular artists from Switzerland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Swiss artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Swiss artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples include Max Haufler and Philipp Keel.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Switzerland?" and "Who are the most well-known Swiss artists?"

For further information on these historic Swiss artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Swiss artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Alberto Giacometti
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    Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He was born in the canton Graubünden's southerly alpine valley Val Bregaglia, as the eldest of four children to Giovanni Giacometti, a well-known post-Impressionist painter. Coming from an artistic background, he was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Borgonovo, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Urs Graf
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    Urs Graf was a Swiss Renaissance goldsmith, 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 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Solothurn, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hermann Hesse
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    Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.more

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    • Birthplace: Calw, Germany
    • Nationality: Switzerland, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alice Bailly
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    Alice Bailly was a radical Swiss painter, known for her interpretations on cubism, fauvism, her wool paintings, and her participation in the Dada movement. In 1906, Bailly had settled in Paris where she befriended Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Marie Laurencin, avant-garde modernist painters who ...more

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    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Daniel Spoerri is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania. Spoerri is best known for his "snare-pictures," a type of assemblage or object art, in which he captures a group of objects, such as the remains of meals eaten by individuals, including the plates, silverware and glasses, all of which are ...more

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    • Birthplace: Galați, Sud-Est, Romania
    • Nationality: Switzerland
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    Méret Oppenheim
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    Méret Elisabeth Oppenheim was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement of the 1920s along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also ...more

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    • Birthplace: Charlottenburg, Germany
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Gérard Ernest Schneider

    Gérard Ernest Schneider was a Swiss painter. A major pioneer of Lyrical Abstraction, a gestural and personal form of abstraction, along with Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages, Gérard Schneider was shown in Paris at the Galerie Louis Carré as early as 1950. From 1955 to 1960, Schneider’s work was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five ...more

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    • Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland, France
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    Max Bill was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer.more

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    • Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
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    Jean Tinguely was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He is best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art, in the Dada tradition; known officially as metamechanics. Tinguely's art satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society.more

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    • Birthplace: Fribourg, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Robert Frank
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    Robert Frank is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society. Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said ...more

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    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Vincent Laforet is a film director.more

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    • Birthplace: Switzerland
    • Nationality: France, United States of America
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    Johannes Itten
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    Johannes Itten was a Swiss expressionist painter, designer, teacher, writer and theorist associated with the Bauhaus school. Together with German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and German sculptor Gerhard Marcks, under the direction of German architect Walter Gropius, Itten was part of the core of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Thun, Wachseldorn, Canton of Bern
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after forming the indie rock band Tinker while she was a student at Concordia University. She was recruited as the bassist for the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada, Switzerland, United States of America
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    Helmar Lerski was a photographer who laid some of the important foundations of modern photography. His works are on display in the USA, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. He focused mainly on portraits and the technique of photography with mirrors. His real name was Israel Schmuklerski. The family moved ...more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, + more
    • Nationality: Switzerland, France
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    H. R. Giger
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    Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for their design work on the film Alien. He was named to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.more

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    • Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Henry Fuseli
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    Henry Fuseli was a Swiss painter, draughtsman and writer on art who spent much of his life in Britain. Many of his works, such as The Nightmare deal with supernatural subject-matter. He painted works for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, and created his own "Milton Gallery". He held the posts of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Zurich District, Zürich, Canton of Zurich
    • Nationality: Switzerland, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Warja Honegger-Lavater

    Warja Honegger-Lavater was born in Winterthur, Switzerland. She was a Swiss artist and illustrator noted primarily for working in the artist's books genre by creating accordion fold books that re-tell classic fairy tales with symbols rather than words.more

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    • Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
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    Matthäus Merian
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    Matthäus Merian der Ältere was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house. He was a member of the patrician Basel Merian family.more

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    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland, Germany
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    Martin Hürlimann was a Swiss publisher, better known in the English speaking world as a photographer. Following successful completion, at Frauenfeld, of his school career, Hürlimann went on to study History, German literature and Philosophy at Zürich, Leipzig and Berlin universities. His doctoral ...more

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    • Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Zurich District, Zürich, Canton of Zurich
    • Nationality: Switzerland
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