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Famous Artists from Switzerland

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. You might also be interested in famous Austrian artists and famous artists from Norway. 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 Alberto Giacometti and Jean Tinguely.

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
    The Couple, Tall Figure, III
    • Birthplace: Borgonovo, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
  • Hermann Hesse
    Lago Maggiore, Casa Bodmer, Piktors Verwandlungen
    • Birthplace: Calw, Germany
    • Nationality: Switzerland, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Alice Bailly
    Self-Portrait
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Dada, Cubism
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Daniel Spoerri
    Kichka's Breakfast I
    • Birthplace: Galați, Sud-Est, Romania
    • Associated periods or movements: Nouveau réalisme
    • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Méret Oppenheim
    Object, Red Head, Blue Body
    • Birthplace: Charlottenburg, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Le Corbusier
    Still Life, Abstract Composition, Still Life Filled with Space
    • Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland, France
  • Max Bill
    Endlose Treppe, Bildsäulen-Dreiergruppe, Combillation
    • Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: De Stijl
    • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Jean Tinguely
    Stravinsky Fountain, Fragment from Homage to New York
    • Birthplace: Fribourg, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Nouveau réalisme
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Robert Frank
    Men of Air, New York, Ranch Market
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography
  • Johannes Itten
    Bewegungsstudie II, Bewegung II, Baumstudie (study)
    • Birthplace: Wachseldorn, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
  • H. R. Giger
    Penis Landscape
    • Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Henry Fuseli
    Odysseus in front of Scylla and Charybdis, Henry Fuseli in Conversation with Johann Jakob Bodmer, The Nightmare
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism, Sturm und Drang
    • Nationality: Switzerland, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Karl Bodmer
    Indians Hunting the Bison [State 1], Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl, Hunting of the Grizzly Bear
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Roman Signer
    Der Tisch, Kayak, Action Kurhaus Weissbad
    • Birthplace: Appenzell, Switzerland
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Installation art, Video art
  • Arnold Böcklin
    Isle of the Dead
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Cuno Amiet
    Sommerlandschaft I, Landschaft mit Bäumen und Hügeln, 1905
    • Birthplace: Solothurn, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Christian Marclay
    Video Quartet
    • Birthplace: San Rafael, California
    • Nationality: Switzerland, United States of America