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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. 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Alberto Giacometti

    The Couple, Tall Figure

    BirthplaceBorgonovo, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsCubism, Surrealism, Expressionism

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsSculpture, Painting, Drawing

    Alberto Giacometti (UK: , US: , Italian: [alˈbɛrto dʒakoˈmetti]; 10 October 1901 – 11 January... more on Wikipedia

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  • Urs Graf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Urs Graf (c. 1485 in Solothurn, Switzerland – possibly before 13 October 1528) was a Swiss... more on Wikipedia
  • Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Hermann Hesse

    Lago Maggiore, Casa Bodmer

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alice Bailly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Alice Bailly

    Self-Portrait

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsFauvism, Dada, Cubism

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsPainting

    Alice Bailly (25 February 1872 – 1 January 1938) was a radical Swiss painter, known for her... more on Wikipedia

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    #14 of 21 Famous Fauvism Artists, Ranked#37 of 63 Famous Cubist Artists, Ranked

  • Daniel Spoerri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Daniel Spoerri

    Kichka's Breakfast I

    BirthplaceGalați, Sud-Est, Romania

    Associated periods or movementsNouveau réalisme

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Daniel Spoerri (born 27 March 1930 in Galați) is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania.... more on Wikipedia
  • Méret Oppenheim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Méret Oppenheim

    Object, Red Head

    BirthplaceCharlottenburg, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsSurrealism

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsSculpture, Painting

    Meret (or Méret) Elisabeth Oppenheim (6 October 1913 – 15 November 1985) was a German-born... more on Wikipedia
  • Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Le Corbusier

    Still Life, Abstract Composition

    BirthplaceLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French... more on Wikipedia
  • Max Bill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Max Bill

    Endlose Treppe, Bildsäulen-Dreiergruppe

    BirthplaceWinterthur, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsDe Stijl

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Max Bill was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jean Tinguely is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Jean Tinguely

    Stravinsky Fountain, Fragment from Homage to New York

    BirthplaceSwitzerland, European Free Trade Association, Canton of Fribourg, Fribourg, Sarine District

    Associated periods or movementsNouveau réalisme

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsSculpture, Painting

    Jean Tinguely (22 May 1925 – 30 August 1991) was a Swiss sculptor best known for his kinetic... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Robert Frank

    Men of Air, New York

    BirthplaceSwitzerland, European Free Trade Association, Zurich District, Zürich, Canton of Zurich

    NationalitySwitzerland, United States of America

    Art FormsPhotography

    Robert Frank (born November 9, 1924) is a Swiss-American photographer and documentary... more on Wikipedia
  • Johannes Itten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Johannes Itten

    Bewegungsstudie II, Bewegung II

    BirthplaceWachseldorn, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsExpressionism

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsPainting, Drawing

    Johannes Itten (11 November 1888 – 25 March 1967) was a Swiss expressionist painter, designer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Melissa Auf der Maur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
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  • H. R. Giger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    H. R. Giger

    Penis Landscape

    BirthplaceSwitzerland, Chur, European Free Trade Association, Plessur District, Canton of Graubünden

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsSculpture, Painting

    Hans Ruedi Giger ( GHEE-gər; German: [ˈɡiːɡər]; 5 February 1940 – 12 May 2014) was a Swiss... more on Wikipedia

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  • Henry Fuseli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Henry Fuseli

    Odysseus in front of Scylla and Charybdis, Henry Fuseli in Conversation with Johann Jakob Bodmer

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsRomanticism, Sturm und Drang

    NationalitySwitzerland, United Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    Henry Fuseli ( FEW-zə-lee, few-ZEL-ee; German: Johann Heinrich Füssli; 7 February 1741 – 17... more on Wikipedia
  • Matthäus Merian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Matthäus Merian der Ältere (or "Matthew", "the Elder", or "Sr."; 22 September 1593 – 19 June... more on Wikipedia
  • Karl Bodmer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Karl Bodmer

    Indians Hunting the Bison [State 1], Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Johann Carl Bodmer (11 February 1809 – 30 October 1893) was a Swiss-French printmaker, etcher,... more on Wikipedia
  • Roman Signer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Roman Signer

    Der Tisch, Kayak

    BirthplaceAppenzell, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsSculpture, Photography, Installation art, Video art

    Roman Signer (born 1938 in Appenzell, Switzerland) is principally a visual artist who works in... more on Wikipedia
  • Anton Graff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Anton Graff (18 November 1736 – 22 June 1813) was an eminent Swiss portrait artist. Among his... more on Wikipedia
  • Arnold Böcklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Arnold Böcklin

    Isle of the Dead

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsSymbolist literature, Vienna Secession

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsPainting

    Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827 – 16 January 1901) was a Swiss symbolist painter.
  • Andreas Heumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Andreas Heumann (1946-2017) is a photographer and painter, born in Munich and brought up in... more on Wikipedia
  • Félix Vallotton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Félix Edouard Vallotton (December 28, 1865 – December 29, 1925) was a Swiss and French painter... more on Wikipedia
  • Henry Suso is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Henry Suso, O.P. (also called Amandus, a name adopted in his writings, and Heinrich Seuse in... more on Wikipedia
  • Cuno Amiet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Cuno Amiet

    Sommerlandschaft I, Landschaft mit Bäumen und Hügeln

    BirthplaceSolothurn, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsExpressionism

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Art FormsSculpture, Painting

    Cuno Amiet (28 March 1868 – 6 July 1961) was a Swiss painter, illustrator, graphic artist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Gunter Sachs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
    Fritz Gunter Sachs (14 November 1932 – 7 May 2011) was a German photographer, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • Christian Marclay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland

    Christian Marclay

    Video Quartet

    BirthplaceSan Rafael, California

    NationalitySwitzerland, United States of America

    Christian Ernest Marclay (born January 11, 1955) is a visual artist and composer. He holds... more on Wikipedia
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